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Bus Breakdown Scrutiny

The Land Transport Authority will closely monitor the systems used by the bus operators to ensure safety. The consistent breakdowns of public service vehicles, especially on busy roads, are a
28 Jan 2015 10:55
Bus Breakdown Scrutiny

The Land Transport Authority will closely monitor the systems used by the bus operators to ensure safety.

The consistent breakdowns of public service vehicles, especially on busy roads, are a major concern for the authority.

Chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva said LTA would be monitoring certain bus companies whose buses frequently suffer breakdowns.

“If the bus companies are not prepared to look after their buses; if they are not prepared to employ the best quality assurance system, there is no guarantee that there won’t be other breakdowns,” Mr Tuinaceva said.

Meanwhile authority media liaison officer Iliesa Sokia said: “We sometimes expect buses to breakdown because of mechanical problems but not always,

“Bus operators should follow the quality maintaince assurance system on a daily basis so that no breakdowns occur.

“Passengers pay their bus fare to reach a certain destination and if these breakdowns continue then LTA will ground all that particular operator’s buses and give their route to another bus company until proper maintaince is done to their buses,” Mr Sokia said.

“By now bus operators should know what we expect from them and for LTA, servicing public is the first priority,” he said.

Fiji Bus Operators’ Association president Virendra Kewal said: “Bus companies should carry out proper maintenance and check-ups on daily basis to avoid breakdowns.”

Mr Tuinaceva said when members of the public came across these situations they should report it to LTA immediately so that they could suspend the bus company’s licence.

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