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Clearways Can Work Anywhere in Fiji, Says Moore

‘Straight yellow lines indicate no stopping or parking at all times’
10 Jul 2019 17:39
Clearways Can Work Anywhere in Fiji, Says Moore
Clearway road signs in Suva.

If it can work in the busiest part of the country it can work anywhere in Fiji, says Fiji Roads Authority chief Executive Jonathan Moore.

He was referring to the clearways that have begun to be implemented in, Suva.

Mr Moore said the FRA had found that most drivers are finding that there is great understanding of the system and how it works,” he said.

“So, we are pleased. But, we are also finding out some areas where people do not understand what to do.

“This gives us a chance to make things a 100 per cent, right now things are at 94 or 95 per cent.”

For the past two days, traffic flow into the capital has been smoother through the Rewa Street, Bau Street and McGregor Road route. This is the first phase of the Suva clearway plan. Mr Moore said the West roads could be next depending on the results from the trials.

He added there were consultations before implementing the clearway.

“We need to look at it on a case by case basis and where we are benefitting from it. This is a trial and we are using it in the busiest area of the country. If it works here, it will work anywhere else,” Mr Moore said.

“These are the things you discover in the first few days of the implementation.

“This is the initial phase, we need to look at the feedbacks and review them.”

The clearways are effective from 6.30am to 9.30am and 4pm to 6.30pm from Monday to Friday.

According to an FRA statement, the restrictions prevent vehicles except buses at designated bus bays from stopping, pick-up, dropping off and parking during peak traffic periods in both directions.

Work with schools

The FRA said they would be working with schools along these routes to designate specific drop off/pick-up zones.

Clearways are marked with a yellow line, in addition to sign posts.

The broken yellow lines mean that vehicles can stop and park there outside the clearway hours and straight yellow lines indicate no stopping or parking at all times.

It is illegal to drop-off and pick-up passengers when the vehicle comes to a halt at traffic lights or in stationary traffic.

The FRA urged the public that if the restrictions are not adhered to, a fine will be issued to the driver of the vehicle.

Clearways are also tow away zones. FRA said motorists are reminded to be conscious of these new changes and to follow all road signs.

Edited by Percy Kean

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