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Clearway Restrictions In Suva Come Into Force

The restriction also means that residents living along the particular route, who usually park their vehicles on the street, will now have to move their vehicles during the peak period. Otherwise they could face fines or have their vehicles towed away.
08 Jul 2019 11:43
Clearway Restrictions In Suva Come Into Force
The newly painted No Parking lines (in yellow) in Rewa Street Suva on July 7,2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Vehicles using the Rewa Street – Bau Street, McGregor Road route into and out of Suva will have to follow the Urban Clearway restrictions effective from today.

This means that vehicles (except buses at designated bus bays) cannot stop, pick-up, drop-off and park during peak traffic periods in both directions of the marked route.

This will apply from 6.30am to 9.30am and 4pm to 6.3pm during weekdays.

It is the first phase of a major initiative to clear key roads and improve traffic flow.

The restriction also means that residents living along the particular route, who usually park their vehicles on the street, will now have to move their vehicles during the peak period. Otherwise they could face fines or have their vehicles towed away.

Clearways aim to improve traffic flow at certain times of the day by prohibiting stopping in the lane next to the kerb, adding another lane to the roadway.

Fiji Roads Authority stated that picking up or dropping off of passengers would have to be undertaken at side roads leading to the Urban Clearways.  FRA chief executive officer Jonathan Moore said these restrictions would allow the full width of the road corridor to be available during the heaviest periods of traffic movement.

He said if the restrictions were not adhered to, a fine would be issued to the driver of the vehicle.

“Clearways are also tow-away zones, hence any vehicle parked in a clearway will be towed and a fine issued,” Mr Moore said.

“Motorists are requested to be conscious of these new changes and please follow all road signs.”

Meanwhile, the Land Transport Authority personnel will monitor these areas to ensure restrictions are not breached. They have unmarked vehicles and two tow trucks allocated for the enforcement.

Rewa Street resident David Maharaj, who been living in the area for the past 43 years, said the new restriction would place residents in a difficult situation.

“Most residents here park on the streets simply because we do not have a driveway or space to park at home,” Mr Maharaj said.

“My car is always parked on the street beside the footpath until 7.30am when I leave for work. Now I will have to wake up before 6.30am to move my car and park it at some other spot or a nearby street.”

“This could be dangerous and I fear vehicles could be damaged. Many residents, especially those who are renting, usually park on the street so now all of us will have to think of some alternative.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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