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Editorial: Vandalism In buses, Bus Shelters Must Stop

Editorial: Vandalism In buses, Bus Shelters Must Stop
Raiwaqa bus checker Sanjay Sharma points at the vandalised seats inside the bus on July 20, 2018.
July 21
12:32 2018

Vandalism in buses and bus shelters has reached alarming proportions. It appears to be getting out of hand.

The latest bus company to be hit by this menace was Raiwaqa Buses. A high school student was caught red-handed vandalizing a bus seat which costs $1000 to re­place.

The other disturbing development is the vandalizing of bus shelters.

A lot of thoughts and effort had gone into building people friendly bus shelters throughout the coun­try. To see them get vandalized is unac­ceptable and heart-breaking.

The shelters are defaced and turned into uninviting struc­tures.

Chief Executive Of­ficer of Fiji Roads Au­thority (FRA), Jona­than Moore, has said that the cost of van­dalism for the first half of this year is approximately $20,000.

The most common act of vandalism done on these bus shelters is graffiti. From explicit and graphical swears to friendship promises, this is a sore sight for the public.

Mr Moore says “Whilst we are constructing new assets for communities, we are also concerned about the acts of vandalism on our road assets.”

FRA is building 125 urban and rural bus shelters. If this vandalism continues, all the bus shelters will be hit.

The shelters are built to protect the public from weath­er elements including the rain and sun.

They are designed to give people temporary comfort and peace while waiting for their buses.

The environment helps commuters have a good start to their journey and those disembarking a place they can rest before they head home.

The shelters near schools and communities have been prioritised in the construction stage because they pro­vide a much needed service.

84 bus shelters around the country will be completed within the next seven months.

This is a request to all people: “Please take care of these public assets. They are there for your benefit. Let’s be vigilant and report all instances of vandalism to the Police.

Let’s take pride in these assets. If we look after them, they will benefit us in the long run.”

We must all declare “enough is enough”. We should also do the same for vandalism in buses.

It must stop and it will stop if we report those who are responsible to the Police and other relevant authorities.

NEMANI DELAIBATIKI

Feedback: nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

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