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Raiwaqa Buses Director Calls On Bus Drivers To Be More Responsible

Raiwaqa Buses Limited director Ashok Kumar made the comment in relation to the incident where a 24-year-old Public Service Vehicle (PSV) driver was allegedly involved in an accident and damaged the company bus.
04 Dec 2019 12:52
Raiwaqa Buses Director Calls On Bus Drivers To Be More Responsible
The Raiwaqa Bus that veered off the road on December 2, 2019.

Bus drivers should be careful at all times and should be responsible for their wrong actions.

Raiwaqa Buses Limited director Ashok Kumar made the comment in relation to the incident where a 24-year-old Public Service Vehicle (PSV) driver was allegedly involved in an accident and damaged the company bus.

He was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when apprehended by Police on Monday.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) confirmed that the driver was allegedly intoxicated.

The incident happened at 10 pm in Sakoca when the driver was heading home after serving the Narere route.

In raising his concern Mr Kumar said business was tight and the cost of damage significant.

“But, drivers will not bear the costs of damage even though he is a PSV driver.

“I am the one who will pay for the insurance, not the driver,” Mr Kumar said.

Mr Ashok could not ascertain the cost of damage.

“If he is alleged to have been driving under the influence of alcohol, which is against LTA regulations, then stiff action should be taken on those who breach road rules,” he said.

“I do not advise my drivers to drink and drive.

“Just because of the irresponsible acts by some drivers, the business suffers.”

Mr Kumar said 90 per cent of Raiwaqa Buses were new and  $200,000 to $250,000 was invested for each bus.

“When people hire buses for a picnic and other journeys, we ensure the driver is not drunk and advise them to drive slowly and safely, considering passengers on the bus.”

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed that the driver was in custody and he was allegedly intoxicated when the incident occurred.

“No one was injured during the incident,” she said.

Edited by Percy Kean

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