Budget 2019

Fiji Budget 2019: Holding People Accountable

Government has invested heavily in our infrastructure. The total allocation to the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) in the 2018-2019 Budget was $563.1 million, comprising of $29.6 million for operating costs
22 May 2019 18:32
Fiji Budget 2019: Holding People Accountable
Result of an accident at Bulacino Intersection.

Government has invested heavily in our infrastructure. The total allocation to the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) in the 2018-2019 Budget was $563.1 million, comprising of $29.6 million for operating costs and $533.4 million for capital expenditures.

The four-lane road leading up to Nadi International Airport could easily be mistaken for any road in Australia or New Zealand.

Similarly, the four-lane road on Suva-Nausori corridor is shaping up very well. But, frequent accidents have been tearing apart very expensive aluminium railings in the middle of the road. Over the weekend, this was seen on the newly upgraded road on the Suva-Nausori corridor.

Who pays for the repairs? The Fijian taxpayer.

Result of an accident at Kinoya Intersection.

Result of an accident at Kinoya Intersection.

Government and the Fiji Roads Authority need to put in place legislation or revise current legislation to start surcharging people responsible for these damages.

FRA cannot continue to pump in money repairing newly put up railings, power posts and traffic lights, only for an irresponsible drivers to tear it apart.

Introduction of a form of insurance whereby vehicle owners pay insurance companies to cover themselves for any such accidents where infrastructure is damaged is an option. The process also needs to be streamlined so that FRA is able to acquire a police report, attach that with their assessment and costs and send it to the insurance companies for payment.

We have already invested heavily in getting our roads up to international standard. Fiji has one of the lowest tax rates in the world so it is only fair that people who damage public property should be made to pay for it.

Result of an accident in Nadi.

Result of an accident in Nadi.

 

Result of an accident at Wairiki Chip Mill near Nabouwalu.

Result of an accident at Wairiki Chip Mill near Nabouwalu.

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