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Overloaded Trucks Spoil Roads

Fiji Roads Authority has expressed concerns over overloaded vehicles on our roads causing maintenance backlog and in turn costing significant expenditure to the tune of millions of dollars every year.
07 Nov 2014 12:05
Overloaded Trucks Spoil Roads

Fiji Roads Authority has expressed concerns over overloaded vehicles on our roads causing maintenance backlog and in turn costing significant expenditure to the tune of millions of dollars every year.

Authority chief executive Neil Cook urged these heavy transport operators to respect Government assets.

While one truck may not have a direct impact, overtime significant incidences and negligence by the road users is bearing a huge cost on Government coffers, he said.

“This is a fairly regular recurrence and the larger picture shows the spillover from the trucks that are carrying on like this,” Mr Cook said.

“It has to stop if Fiji is going to move forward. It has to stop if Fiji is going to rebuild and maintain the roads for everyone to use.

“There are ways of that happening and of course there are industries that do need or may need subsidising at Government’s discretion.”

He said subsidising them through increased maintenance cost is probably not an efficient mechanism for the subsidy to happen.

“Our mission is certainly to make sure everyone at least understands what those costs are and who is bearing them,” he said.

“We certainly encourage our heavy transport operators to take heed and to start respecting the assets that are out there.”

FRA said it was working with Land Transport Authority and other agencies on awareness programmes and the likes to combat this ongoing issue.

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