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Authority to Probe Videos of Bus, Taxi Boot Incidents

A passenger on any Public Service Vehicle (PSV) must not use obscene or offensive language or conduct himself or herself in a riotous or disorderly manner. This was the statement
21 Feb 2018 15:02
Authority to Probe Videos of Bus, Taxi Boot Incidents

A passenger on any Public Service Vehicle (PSV) must not use obscene or offensive language or conduct himself or herself in a riotous or disorderly manner. This was the statement by Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) manager corporate governance, Sakeasi Tawaketini.

This was LTA’s response to a video that was sent to the Fiji Sun showing students behaving poorly in a public transport.

The video showed students of prominent school on board a prominent bus returning from a sports event in Suva.

The students were deliberately swaying (rocking) the bus they were travelling on.

LTA’s manager corporate governance, Sakeasi Tawaketini, said when a passenger or student boards any public transport they must not annoy or cause nuisance to other persons by using or operating noisy instruments.

He said anyone using public transport must not make excessive noise by singing, shouting or otherwise doing such things he or she commits an offence under the Land Transport (Public Service Vehicle) Regulations 2000.

He advised that it was the responsibility of the PSV drivers, while driving, to ensure in the best of his or her ability take the necessary steps to comply with the regulations relating to the conduct of passengers.

He said when a vehicle was in motion a passenger must not distract the attention of the driver or any other passenger.

“The LTA enforcement team
will continue to monitor such types of offences where Traffic Infringement Notice can be issued,” he
said.

Meanwhile, the LTA will now investigate a matter involving another video showing a man riding inside the boot of a taxi on Sunday afternoon.

The video showed a taxi driver carrying a passenger in the boot of his taxi along Grantham Road in Suva.

Mr Tawaketini said this could have been allowed by the taxi driver but the LTA would not condone such behaviour by taxi drivers.

“LTA is seriously looking into the said matter with urgency and the matter is now under investigation by the enforcement team and soon charges will be laid accordingly,” he said. Edited by Naisa Koroi

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