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Bus Group Calls On Schools To Address Behaviour On Buses

The Fiji Bus Operators Association (FBOA) is calling on schools to look into the behaviour of students who use public transport. The association’s general secretary, Rohit Latchan, made this call
20 Feb 2018 12:41
Bus Group Calls On Schools To Address Behaviour On Buses

The Fiji Bus Operators Association (FBOA) is calling on schools to look into the behaviour of students who use public transport.

The association’s general secretary, Rohit Latchan, made this call after he was advised about a video sent to the Fiji Sun showing students deliberately swaying (rocking) a moving bus.

The video showed that school students were returning from a sports competition in Suva and were on board a prominent bus they were travelling on.

Puamau Tikocikobia, a passerby, said he saw the bus along the Suva-Nadawa road where the behaviour of the students proved worrying and dangerous.

“I have never seen such acts from students in the past, this is worrying and dangerous. People were sitting on the side windows and shaking and shouting from the bus,” Mr Tikocikobia said.

Mr Latchan said the matter has been a rising concern and unfortunately bus drivers cannot control such student behaviour.

“Schools really need to educate their students. A bus has 60-70 seats and it is difficult for one bus driver to control the behaviour of a number of students.

“Safety is paramount, and schools must play a vital role in educating their students,” Mr Latchan said.

Questions sent to the Permanent Secretary for Education remained unanswered when this article went to print.

Land Transport Authority (LTA) said they could not immediately comment on the matter and in an email said they would respond to questions later in the week.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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