Between the Lines

BTL: 1st May, 2019

Drivers who use these roads every day say they are a “living hell.”
01 May 2019 13:16
BTL: 1st May, 2019
Every driver's nightmare, potholes at Nabua road in Suva on April 27, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Pothole nightmare

Tyre traders may be smiling and thanking the rain for the upsurge in their business.

But vehicle owners and motorists are fuming over the many potholes they have to negotiate.

athe past two weeks, potholes on many roads around Suva up to Pacific Harbour have become an issue for motorists who travel on a daily basis.

For a daily commuter who travels to and from Pacific Harbour to Suva, dodging potholes has become a very risky exercise.

Some potholes along the Queens Road are as deep as a lovo pit, he says.

It is not a joke anymore.

“We are worried about our safety, especially when we try to dodge a pothole and just miss an oncoming vehicle by a few seconds,” he says.

“Unfortunately, we weren’t so lucky yesterday as we rammed onto a pothole to avoid a head-on collision, and had to fork out ‘unbudgeted cash’ to buy a brand new tyre.

“So we are appealing to the relevant authorities (FRA) to please fix the roads as soon as possible because this is not only an eyesore, but also a high maintenance cost for average-income earning car owners.”

Another motorist told BTL: “It is a nightmare. It holds up traffic because motorists go slow to protect their vehicles. Others try to avoid them but endanger vehicles coming in the opposite direction. There are potholes everywhere.”
Worst stretches

Talking about potholes, two of the worst stretches of roads are between Tamavua Village and Fiji School of Nursing on Princes Road in Suva and Waila near Nausori.

Drivers who use these roads every day say they are a “living hell.”

One said: “I close my eyes and cringe. I am thinking about my car. If it was human it would be wailing, weeping because of the unbearable pain and suffering. My mind is already focusing on how much bank balance I have – whether I can afford to buy a replacement tyre or a new shock absorber.”


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