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New School Bus Schedule for North

  Minister for Local Government, Housing, Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Parveen Bala is going to look into reorganising bus schedules for school students. This is after some parents during a
02 Mar 2017 12:16
New School Bus Schedule for North
Kiobo villagers helping the bus driver while school students wait on the road between Nasawana and Coqea in Bua yesterday. Photo:SUPPLIED

 

Minister for Local Government, Housing, Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Parveen Bala is going to look into reorganising bus schedules for school students.

This is after some parents during a talanoa session informed Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama this week that their children were picked up very early by the bus.

Mr Bala said one parent complained that her children wake up 5:30am to catch the 6:30am bus.

“We are going to re-organise the timing because normally they catch the 6:30am bus which is very early so you can imagine that this would mean the children wake up at 5:30am,” Mr Bala said.

“I had a meeting with the three bus companies in Labasa (Parmod Enterprises Limited, Dalip Chand and Son Limited and Northern Buses) where I have highlighted some issues raised by the parents.

“I have directed the bus companies to make sure to follow whatever timetable they have for the bus service to their respective routes.

“At the end of the day the Government’s priority is to see that the bus service is provided to the general public.”

Fiji Bus Operators Association president Parmod Chand said complaints must provide specific and detailed information about drivers then investigations could be conducted.

“There is a procedure to follow and we have found out that some people lie about bus services,” Mr Chand said.

“If specific details are provided then we can do something about it.”

Mr Bala said another area that bus service providers needed to look into was that passengers needed to be dropped at their specific area of destination.

“They have to give service from Point A to Point B,” Mr Bala said.

“They cannot just drop people in between.

“We have received complaints about some bus drivers doing this.”

He said if the problem continued then the ministry had no choice but to tender out the routes.

Mr Chand said the main reason why some trips were delayed was because of the bad road conditions in Vanua Levu.

“Buses get damaged and in some places where road is very bad the bus gets stuck on muddy road and cannot drive further,” he said.

“The playing field is not level. If roads conditions are good then drivers will not face any difficulties.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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