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Editorial: Carpooling – An Option to Reduce Congestion

Carpooling is a legitimate option Fijians should seriously consider given the increasing number of vehicles on our roads. Statistics from the Land Transport Authority show a big jump in the
30 May 2017 11:47
Editorial: Carpooling – An Option to Reduce Congestion

Carpooling is a legitimate option Fijians should seriously consider given the increasing number of vehicles on our roads.

Statistics from the Land Transport Authority show a big jump in the number of registered private vehicles for last year compared to 2015.

A survey conducted last year revealed that more than 75 per cent of private vehicles along Suva-Nausori corridor during peak periods comprised of either the driver only, or just driver and one passenger.

The LTA survey also found that while 20 per cent of cars on the road had two to three passengers, only two per cent of cars on the road carried a full load of passengers.

Research by the LTA’s Transport Planning and Statistics Department also found that carpooling one vehicle with a driver and four passengers on board was the equivalent to taking at least three to four vehicles off the road; when multiplied the potential number of vehicles off the road is significant.

Therefore it only makes sense that the LTA, as the regulatory authority promote the idea of carpooling.

The Fiji Roads Authority, which is responsible for planning, developing and maintaining Fiji’s road infrastructure has also on a number of occasions encouraged commuters to share their ride.

Obviously the aim is to reduce traffic congestion – with much emphasis along the Suva-Nausori corridor.

There are additional benefits to carpooling. You can:

  •  Save money on fuel
  •  Allows you to enjoy the morning or evening scenery or catch up on work as someone else takes on the wheel
  •  Create new friendships and learn new things
  •  Contribute towards less congestion on our busy roads.

While the idea may be wonderful, it can also be complicated.

Some commuters prefer their own space, rather than sharing it with strangers.

There may also be awkward situations which would leave some preferring the privacy of their own vehicles.

For those who may want to take advantage of the situation, here is a warning from the LTA chief executive, Carmine Piantedosi.

“Carpooling is not to be confused with the illegal soliciting of fares by illegal operators,” he said.

So if you’re demanding a fare from those who are sharing your ride with you to work, then be prepared for a hefty fine.

Carpooling can work for Fiji – it’s up to you to make it happen and reduce the traffic nightmare we currently face on our roads.

ROSI DOVIVERATA

Feedback: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj



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