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Fiji Roads Authority Applies ‘No Parking’ Line At Brown Street

Fiji Roads Authority chief says they will seek assistance from city council to monitor enforcement.
27 May 2019 12:18
Fiji Roads Authority Applies ‘No Parking’ Line At Brown Street
Fiji Roads Authority sub-contractors marked the yellow line at Brown Street pedestrian crossing near Hoodless House on May 24, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Following the fatal accident and death of a 19-year old student last week, the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) has put in place measures to make the crossing at Brown Street, Suva, safer.

Nurainah Sheikh lost her life last Wednesday evening after being hit by a car at the pedestrian crossing.

According to FRA, vehicles parked near the crossing made it harder for drivers to see pedestrians.

FRA’s chief executive officer Jonathan Moore said: “It appeared that vehicles had been parking immediately adjacent to the pedestrian crossing in front of Hoodless House in Suva, which is not permitted, because it may have affected visibility.

“To ensure that the ‘No Parking’ requirement is observed we will ensure that the extent of the parking prohibition area is clear to all road users and pedestrians.

“We will be communicating with the Suva City Council to emphasise the need for maintained enforcement in this area.”

Happy days ... Nurainah Sheikh at her home at  Mulomulo Settlement in Nadi

The late Nurainah Sheikh at her home at Mulomulo Settlement in Nadi

Sanjeet Singh, who operates a taxi base along Brown St, said drivers would need to be more cautious.

“Students are always using this pedestrian crossing,” Mr Singh said.

“People sometimes park their vehicles in front of the pedestrian crossing, which is not safe because it blocks the view for any oncoming vehicle.”

The Dean of the Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Dr William May, is concerned about the safety of the students who use the pedestrian crossing daily.

“We are equally concerned about the public and hospital staff who use the two pedestrian crossings that are about 35 to 40 metres apart,” he said.

“Drivers need to be extremely careful and alert all the time when driving through Brown Street. Students, patients and members of the public use the two zebra crossings to access the hospital and the CMNHS.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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