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EDITORIAL:Improved Services Expected In Transport Industry After New Govt Initiatives

Groundbreaking initiatives to streamline the transport industry and make it more efficient and improve service are welcome. The decision that permits for taxis, mini vans, carriers and buses can be
07 Jul 2017 09:29
EDITORIAL:Improved Services Expected In Transport Industry After New Govt Initiatives

Groundbreaking initiatives to streamline the transport industry and make it more efficient and improve service are welcome.

The decision that permits for taxis, mini vans, carriers and buses can be sold by the holders will eliminate the problem of unused permits.

These permits are unused because holders have moved to new locations or ceased doing business.

Permit holders can now sell their permits for a profit to those who can build and expand the business. The other positive move is that permits will be issued for a 10-year period as opposed to three years.

They will be treated as assets and can be used as collateral when taking loans from banks at low interest rates.

The new measures give holders a sense of security in the long run, knowing that the permits are more than just a form of licence to operate a vehicle. They empower holders to invest in their future.

The Government has also provided incentives like tax concessions on imported cars and parts.

They are all designed to bolster the transport industry. The industry should reciprocate the Government’s fine gesture by ensuring that the service it delivers is of the highest standard.

If this is achieved then we will see a gradual disappearance of pirate operators who, at the moment, fill a void.

If public service vehicles (PSV) provide an efficient 24-hour service, seven days a week, there is no need for pirate operators.

When some taxi operators stop becoming selective in journeys they take, then we will notice a dwindling in the number of pirate taxis. Some taxi drivers refuse to take short trips, preferring longer trips because of the higher income. When people are turned away they will take whatever is available, especially if they are desperate.

They will take pirate taxis to reach their destination in the shortest possible time.

Drivers of buses which arrive late to schools must put their act together to ensure they arrive on time in support of our children’s education.

All PSV operators need to note that with the new Government initiatives people expect their service to improve.

 

Safety railings a must on Rewa Bridge

The Rewa Bridge in Nausori urgently needs safety railings to protect children and students.

Schools on the Davuilevu side of the bridge are now using it after the closure of the old bridge.

Their students, some in primary, use the bridge in the morning and in the afternoon.

Putting up railings on the roadside will keep the children away from straying onto the road into oncoming traffic.

At the moment  their safety is dependent on their discipline. But children are children and sometimes they can be unpredictable.

In the absence of railings, they need close and strict supervision to keep them safe from harm’s way.

 

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