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Bus Terror: School Kids’ Vandalism

The Shore Buses company said so far this year they had incurred $60,000 in damage to its buses.
08 Nov 2019 12:57
Bus Terror: School Kids’ Vandalism
Shore buses driver, Prasheel Prakash shows the damage to bus windscreen from the stone thrown by young children on November 7, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

A Lami company is among bus operators protesting vigorously against the vandalism by school children who have caused damage to their buses mounting to thousands of dollars.

The Shore Buses company said so far this year they had incurred $60,000 in damage to its buses.

Other companies operating in the Central Division have reported encountering similar incidents.

Nasese Buses Limited, Raiwaqa Buses, S Nair’s Transport and Dee Cees Buses have also said that seats and other items inside the buses have been vandalised by students.

Graffiti on one of the Shore buses on November 7, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Graffiti on one of the Shore buses on November 7, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The Fiji Bus Operators Association strongly condemned the actions of unruly students.

FBOA general secretary Rohit Latchan called on parents and teachers to emphasise to their children that the abuse of bus drivers or anybody else for that matter was wrong.

Land Transport Authority chief executive Samuel Simpson said the LTA could not do anything in this matter.

He said bus companies had to report the matter to the Police, school authorities and parents if possible.

According to the Police, such incidents should be reported and appropriate action taken.

In the latest incident, a driver said that school-aged children threw stones at a bus damaging its rear window on Wednesday.

A week earlier, a student inside a bus threw a stone at the bus driver of the same company.

Shore Buses Limited driver, Alvin Naidu said he was travelling on Qauia Road when the stones were thrown at the bus.

“I stopped the bus, managed to get hold of one of the students and took him to the Lami Police Station to lodge a formal complaint.”

Shore Buses Limited operations manager, Aman Singh, said school children, either in primary or secondary school are equally responsible.

“They write all over the back of seats. They cut the seat cushions and take the foam out. Some rock the seat until it breaks.

“Just the other week, secondary school students smashed the back glass.”

Mr Singh said the company had spent more than $4 million in the past three years for repairs.

“I am requesting parents and teachers to talk to their children and teach them appropriate behaviour inside a bus,” Mr Singh said.

Police are carrying out investigations.

Edited by Percy Kean

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