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Travel Law Submissions

Fijians living with disabilities are optimistic that the Government will ratify the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air 1999. According to the Fiji National
26 Feb 2015 11:01
Travel Law Submissions

Fijians living with disabilities are optimistic that the Government will ratify the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air 1999.

According to the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons (FNCDP), ratification would safeguard the interests of both disabled and able-bodied passengers during travel.

“By ratifying this treaty, it will also assist passengers, both disabled and able-bodied who travel by air, for compensation purposes in the event of damage to baggage, death or injury to passengers in article 17 and 21 of this Convention,” said FNCDP executive director Dr Sitiveni Yanuyanutawa.

He was speaking to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence yesterday. The committee has been receiving submissions on the ratification of the Montreal Convention, as it’s otherwise known.

“There will be positive impacts for persons with disabilities in Fiji who choose to travel by air through the ratification of the said convention with regards to unforeseen and unwanted situations like damaged mobility equipment, lost baggage or even to the drastic extent of losing their own lives,” Dr Yanuyanutawa said.

“These challenging situations, even on temporary basis of loss of mobility equipments places disabled passengers at a substantially increased disadvantage in comparison to other passengers who probably have damaged baggage.”

He also mentioned that through the agreement, passengers could be compensated if faced with complications or injuries.

Dr Yanuyanutawa was later applauded by the chairperson of the parliamentary committee, Netani Rika for his submission.

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