Don’t Abuse Bus Drivers, Group Pleads With Public

Association worried about alleged incident involving student throwing something at a driver.
01 Nov 2019 16:37
Don’t Abuse Bus Drivers, Group Pleads With Public
Suva Bus Stand. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

The abuse of bus drivers must stop, says Fiji Bus Operators Association general secretary Rohit Latchan.

His reaction comes amid an alleged incident where a primary school student threw an object at a bus driver.

Shore Buses Pte Limited operations manager Aman Singh confirmed the alleged incident and said the matter was reported to the Police.

However, Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said they had not received any report concerning the alleged incident.

Students who were on board the said bus told the Fiji Sun that the incident took place last Thursday, October 24. They alleged that a Year Eight student threw a hard object at the driver. After the alleged incident, the students said the bus driver then drove the bus to the Police station.

The bus association strongly condemns the alleged action of the unruly student.

“Bus drivers perform a public service and no matter what the circumstances it is wrong and unlawful to verbally abuse or physically harm any driver,” Mr Latchan said.

“We call on parents and teachers to emphasise to their children that the abuse of bus drivers – or anybody else for that matter – is wrong and that the matter will be dealt with by the authorities.

“Bus drivers start work early each morning despite the weather to ensure children and workers get to and from their destination, and they must be respected for this dedication.”

Although Mr Latchan understood that there were cases where exchanges have happened between drivers and passengers, he said violence was never the answer.

“We view this matter seriously and will continue to raise the issue with authorities and press them for action,” he said.

Edited by Naisa Koroi


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