Weather Fiji, Suva   Max 30°C, Min 23°C

Fiji Sun

NATION

Bus Company Threatens To Stop Service

Bus Company Threatens To Stop Service
Shore Buses driver, Prasheel Prakash shows the damage to the side of the bus from stoning at Qauia in Lami. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
April 06
11:00 2018

Shore Buses Limited is consid­ering stoppage of bus services on the Suva-Qauia route if at­tacks on its buses continue.

Aman Singh, the company’s op­erations manager, said: “If the at­tacks on the buses continue I might stop the services.”

Mr Singh renewed his warning to stop bus services to certain ar­eas in Lami after one of his buses was attacked on Wednesday night in Qauia, outside Lami. He said the matter was reported to the Police.

For the Qauia route, the bus ser­vices commence at 6am and end at 10.45pm. The company schedules a bus trip every 15 minutes. It works out to over 60 trips a day.

“This is the third incident to hap­pen in fewer than the three weeks. I don’t know why it is happening. I wish the authorities could push harder and catch the people who are damaging our bus,” Mr Singh said.

He said he was concerned about the safety of passengers and driv­ers. Mr Singh claimed the culprits usually hid in bushes from where they threw stones at buses.

He said the incidents happened just before dark at 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

In Wednesday’s incident, it was fortunate that the driver quickly moved the bus. Otherwise, passen­gers would have been hurt, he said.

“My driver could not see who was stoning the bus. The only thing he saw was stones being thrown at the bus. So he moved the bus quickly otherwise the stones could have hit the screen and passengers got hurt,” Mr Singh said.

He said his drivers were afraid to drive on the route to Qauia and had requested that we place an extra man on the bus as a security guard.

“This bus which got stoned is In­donesian made,” he said.

“To repair it and have it repainted will cost around $2000 because the paint we use on it is different from other buses.”

Police investigations are continu­ing.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

Feedback: shirika.shalini@fijisun.com.fj

Related Articles

you said it
"I support it 200 percent, I am with FRU, the country and the people of Fiji. We want to bid to get one of the HSBC stops in Fiji."
Waisale Serevi
Sevens Legend
April 2018
M T W T F S S
« Mar   May »
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30  

Latest Photo Gallery

Fijisun Online @Instagram