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Cameras in Nasese Buses

Nasese Buses Limited has installed CCTV cameras in most of its buses to monitor their drivers. The move comes after 387 bus drivers nationwide were fined for taking money from
06 Oct 2018 13:51
Cameras in  Nasese Buses

Nasese Buses Limited has installed CCTV cameras in most of its buses to monitor their drivers.

The move comes after 387 bus drivers nationwide were fined for taking money from passengers, instead of using the electronic ticketing system.

“It is sad that we took this step to fine drivers, but we don’t have any choice because some drivers continue to abuse the system by accepting cash,” the Land Transport Authority reported.

Nasese Buses director Jack Kumar said: ““We record from the cameras and we also monitor from the office. It took us nearly $2000 for one camera to install.”

The LTA statement said: “Therefore it is necessary to fine such drivers who are trying to abuse the system for their own advantage.

“This came to light when one of the Fiji Sun journalists, on her way to work on Wednesday morning, witnessed that one of the bus drivers was taking money from passengers.”

LTA is handling these issues through education and awareness programmes.

“We are conducting awareness through the media, brochures and flyers have been given out to bus drivers and bus owners to make them aware on the procedures of the e-Ticketing.” The LTA has also opened up its mobile phone texting platform for commuters to text on 582 to report any issues concerning e-Ticketing or driver behavior on the road. In addition, LTA has deployed enforcement officers to monitor these acts taking place.

LTA enforcement officers are also present at strategic locations.

That is at bus stops and on the roads conducting random checks and if receipts are not issued to passengers then we question drivers and passengers. Based on evidence further actions are taken like imposing of fines under the e-Ticketing regulation.

Edited by Percy Kean

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