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Policy Being Developed For Kids Behaviour On Buses By Land Transport Authority

Mr Simpson said it was the responsibility of bus drivers, teachers, parents and guardians to ensure children behave well in buses.
16 Aug 2019 16:03
Policy Being Developed For Kids Behaviour On Buses By Land Transport Authority
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in the bus donated to the students of Norah Fraser School for special education .

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is currently working on a Children Code of Conduct Policy to look at children behaviour on buses as part of its controlled measures.

This was confirmed by the authority’s chief executive officer Samuel Simpson yesterday.

His comments come in light of an incident last weekend where students were seen shouting and rocking a bus while it was moving.

The video of the incident went viral on social media, raising safety concerns from the public.

Students were even seen climbing onto the windows and grabbing the edges of the bus roof while most of their bodies dangled out.

The incident occurred in one of the buses belonging to Suva-based Raiwaqa Buses Limited.

Mr Simpson said it was the responsibility of bus drivers, teachers, parents and guardians to ensure children behave well in buses.

“Everyone needs to do their part and if children are out of control than appropriate responsibility must be taken to control children behaviour in the bus to avoid any mishaps,” he said.

Shore Buses managing director Jasper Singh has welcomed this initiative by LTA.

“Rocking the bus from side to side like that can be very dangerous,” Mr Singh said.

“The problem is that the kids do not listen to drivers, they only listen to people in authority like the Police and LTA officers.

“The driver will be trying his best to concentrate on driving and if he keeps looking backwards and telling kids to stop than he is putting everyone at risk.”

He said the bus suspension system could also be damaged in this way.

“Everything relies on the suspension, and the under-carry suspension is all just metal parts and if one of them breaks, the bus can go out of control,” he said.

“So, let us not wait for a road accident or mishap to happen to address this. Then everyone will get blamed.”

He added such incidences were often experienced during the Hibiscus carnival and during sporting events.

At one occasion, Mr Singh said they actually had to summon a Police officer to warn the students to refrain from rocking the bus.

“The responsibility is on all parties, the LTA officers, Police and also the schools when they hire buses. If teachers are on board, then they should also try to control student behavior in buses,” he added.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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