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Bus Vandals Strike Again

A high school student vandalising a new Raiwaqa bus seat was caught red-handed by a checker. Sanjay Sharma approached the stunned student who had a marker in his hand. “I was
20 Jul 2018 10:00
Bus Vandals Strike Again
Raiwaqa bus checker Sanjay Sharma points at the vandalised seats inside the bus on July 19,2018.Photo: Simione Haravanua.

high school student vandalising a new Raiwaqa bus seat was caught red-handed by a checker.

Sanjay Sharma approached the stunned student who had a marker in his hand.

“I was outside the bus when I saw the student in school uniform writing on the back of one of the seats. I approached him and told him never to do that again,” Mr Sharma said.

“It’s a new bus and seeing students doing this is unacceptable.”

The bus was recently purchased from Indonesia.

Raiwaqa Buses Limited manager, Praneel Chand said bus vandalism was a common and major concern for operators.

“People who vandalise should be taken to task. When they vandalise the seats we have to repair them and the cost is approximately $1000 per seat,” Mr Chand said.

Fiji Bus Operators Association general secretary Rohit Latchan said commuters should appreciate the services bus operators provided for their comfort.

“We as bus operators have to follow proper Land Transport Authority rules and regulations and provide comfortable and proper buses for members of the public,” Mr Latchan said.

“But, when the buses are vandaliaed, it is an additional cost for bus operators.

“People need to learn to appreciate our service as we try our best to provide them with the best services possible.”

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu

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