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Play Your Role: Police to Bus Drivers

Children were photographed sitting on the edge of windows and some were hanging out of windows swinging their flags.
20 Feb 2020 11:32
Play Your Role: Police to Bus Drivers
Children photographed sitting on the edge of windows and some were hanging out of windows swinging their flags.

 

 

Bus drivers should not ignore dangerous situations especially when it has to do with passengers says Police.

The Police’s comments come after a situation highlighted this week about the behaviour of students travelling to and from sporting events.

Children were photographed sitting on the edge of windows and some were hanging out of windows swinging their flags.

This type of behaviour has become a common sight during school rugby and athletics meet in Suva.

Bus companies have been quick in saying that the children mostly from high school do not listen to the drivers.

However, Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said bus companies have an important role to play in this type of situations.

“In these situations, the driver of the bus should also play his part in ensuring the safety of the students and not just ignore what is a very dangerous situation,” Ms Naisoro said.

“There have been situations where bus drivers refused to move unless their passengers cooperate which we have commended or they’ve pulled up to their nearest Police post or station where we have issued warnings.

“We all need to play our part in ensuring the safety of our children.”

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said it was the responsibility of drivers, teachers, parents and guardians to ensure children’s safety on the road during school hours, sporting events and other school excursions.

According to LTA, if passengers are found misbehaving in any public service vehicle, LTA will issue them Traffic Infringement Notice under the LTA PSV Regulation 23 (1) which stipulates the expected conduct of passengers.

LTA also reminded bus drivers to take heed of this important responsibility by ensuring that before exiting from the school bus bays, bus stops, sporting activities and other school excursions that all children were seated properly.

Bus companies have called on schools and the Ministry of Education to talk to children so such behaviour could be cut out.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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