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Written By : Allen Lockington Lautoka. The bus industry must be really suffering from the rise in fuel prices and the illegal transport trade. On Thursday my friends left Lautoka
03 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : Allen Lockington Lautoka. The bus industry must be really suffering from the rise in fuel prices and the illegal transport trade.
On Thursday my friends left Lautoka at 5.30 pm for Suva on a bus and expected to arrive in Suva at about 10.30pm. It was an express service and expected to stop only at hotels and towns.
However as soon as the bus passed Sigatoka the driver started picking up and dropping passengers just like a normal highway bus.
Passengers began berating the driver but he stopped anyway.
At the Korolevu police post he stopped for a passenger who got off at Komave village and when the driver tried to move the bus it wouldn’t. A hose had burst.
He then asked passengers for a torch. And after some more swearing the passengers helped him.
The driver called three mobile phones but no one came so they just tied the hose with a piece of wire and reached Suva at midnight.
People who had to travel on to Nasinu had to hire taxies because they had missed the last bus to Nausori.
When confronted, the driver said: “What can I do? I’m just the driver.”
The government must do something to address the issue.




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