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Police, LTA; Please Beware Of Bus, Taxi Drivers

Road courtesy is pathetic among many of our motorists. It’s worse when it comes to some bus and taxi drivers. Defensive driving is simply non-existent. If it is observed, drivers
30 Dec 2016 12:38
Police, LTA; Please Beware Of Bus, Taxi Drivers
Editorial

Road courtesy is pathetic among many of our motorists. It’s worse when it comes to some bus and taxi drivers. Defensive driving is simply non-existent.

If it is observed, drivers will always be on a lookout for hazards in front of them.

Even if they have the right of way, they usually scan the road and make sure that it is clear before they proceed.

Our accident statistics will not be as high as they currently are.

In this busy festive season, when there are lots of people moving around, the risks of accidents are a lot higher.

Drivers should therefore be more careful, particularly those carrying PSV (Passenger Service Vehicle) licences.

The case of a woman being hit by a bus in Labasa on Wednesday on the main street baffles the mind.

The woman, Meresiana Francis, 66, and her two-year-old granddaughter, were crossing the street at the lights when she was hit by the bus they disembarked from.

The bus had stopped at the lights. They got off the bus, walked in front of the bus on the crossing, but turned back when the lights turned red.

Unfortunately she got hit by the bus and was rushed to the Labasa Hospital.

Fortunately, she pushed her granddaughter to safety before she got hit. The investigations will reveal in detail what happened.

It’s apparent from the victim’s account that the driver may not have known or seen the pair crossing in front of the bus.

The bus had started moving but stopped after cries from the victim under the bus.

The Land Transport Authority and the Police, while they may be doing a great job on our roads this festive season, must take a hard line approach to stop reckless drivers.

These drivers do not respect other road users. They should be removed from the road for a period of time before they are allowed to drive again. The LTA gives out demerit points to offending drivers before it dishes out penalties.

Some taxi drivers show they have no patience, coming out of intersections in daring but dangerous manoeuvres to join the main traffic. They appear to be rushing everywhere. The only plausible explanation is that they are speeding to pick up passengers. For them time is of the essence. If they can make more trips, they can make more money.

But they seem to do it with relative impunity.

So the other poor motorists and pedestrians bite their tongue and live in fear that one day a serious accident will happen and they could be among potential victims.

This is a call to the Police and LTA for help on their behalf – to those patrolling our roads please watch those taxi and bus drivers.

 

 

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