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Driver Calls For Action After Bus Vandalism

The driver of a bus company has called for action after he claimed that children had vandalised his bus on August 19. Shore Buses Limited driver Michael Fong was picking
23 Aug 2017 13:27
Driver Calls For Action After Bus Vandalism
Shore Buses Limited driver Michael Fong points to the damaged ceiling of the bus. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

The driver of a bus company has called for action after he claimed that children had vandalised his bus on August 19.

Shore Buses Limited driver Michael Fong was picking up passengers from Suva at 4am last Saturday, in one of the fleet’s new buses.

He was transporting children and some adults along Qauia, Lami, when the alleged incident took place.
Mr Fong claimed that once the children got in they began jumping, shaking the seats, and screaming at the same time.

“I told them to stop screaming and jumping. They wouldn’t listen,” he said.

“After I dropped them at Qauia, I went to check on the bus and I saw that glass, seats, and ceiling were damaged.”

The children involved, he said, were in primary and secondary school level.

Mr Fong said that it was sad to hear from Police who said that they could not question or take in anyone at the time because there were a lot of children in the bus.

Hence, they wouldn’t have been able to pinpoint the culprit(s).

He said he lodged the complaint at the Lami Police Post.

“The Police also told me this is the outcome when the company provides service that long,” Mr Fong claimed.

“I’m not happy about it because we’ve been trying to give the best service to the people.”

On Friday before the alleged incident, the company, he said, had made prior contact with Police and said that they faced vandalism issues especially during the festive season.

“We always provide service from 6am to 11pm every day to the people of Lami up to Wainadoi.

“During the festive season we provide services till morning.”

Mr Fong said the cost of damage was more than a $1000.

For the broken glass the company would import the replacement from Indonesia.

Shore Buses has advised people living around Lami that they will always provide good service to them, and for them to look after the buses properly.

Questions and calls sent to Police regarding the incident have remained unanswered so far.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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