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There Should Be Zero Tolerance On Bus Stoning

The latest incident involved a Pacific Transport bus carrying 40 passengers and travelling from Lautoka to Suva. It was pelted with stones at Navua.
18 Jun 2019 14:04
There Should Be Zero Tolerance On Bus Stoning
Results of the bus window which was stoned.

Editorial:

The stoning of buses is a serious issue and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

The latest incident involved a Pacific Transport bus carrying 40 passengers that was travelling from Lautoka to Suva. It was pelted with stones at Navua.

It was the third stoning incident this month and 18th in three years.

The figure is high, alarming and unacceptable because at stake is the safety of passengers.

Nitesh Chand, Pacific Transport’s general manager, is justified in expressing his concern. His concern is legitimate.

He believed that a possible reason for the stoning could be that bus drivers were only stopping at designated bus stops. Whatever the reason, to throw a stone at a bus, especially when it is carrying passengers, it is not on.

People cannot take the law into their own hands.

They vent their anger by throwing a stone at a bus.

Luckily no one was injured.

This type of behaviour should not be condoned and those responsible should be found and made to account for their crime. The perpetrators should not be allowed to get away with it.

The major worry was the passengers’ safety.

Glass fragments after impact could have caused serious injuries and even death. The flying objects, whatever they were, could have also seriously hurt passengers. Worst still, the bus could have had a serious accident if the driver was hurt.

Another issue of concern is that more tourists are choosing to go by bus from Nadi to Suva, so that they can see the countryside, the people and how they live.

The buses and Queens Road are in good condition, so tourists and locals opt for buses because of the reasonable fare too.

If stoning incidents are not stopped then they will frighten people, including tourists, from travelling on buses. They will also give Fiji a bad name.

Obviously, the problem needs to be addressed by the Police, Lands Transport Authority and community leaders.

The message must go out that stoning of buses or any moving vehicle on the road is dangerous and criminal. There is zero tolerance on it and anyone caught doing it would be dealt with severely.

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