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Damaged Traffic Signal Lights Frustrate Lautoka Motorists

Taxi driver Ronish Chand said this had been an ongoing issue that placed motorists and pedestrians at risk.
06 Aug 2020 10:15
Damaged Traffic Signal Lights Frustrate Lautoka Motorists
The damaged traffic light beside the junction of Tukani Street and Yasawa Street in Lautoka. Photos. Salote Qalubau

Motorists expressed their frustration regarding the damaged traffic signal lights located beside the junction of Tukani and Yasawa Street in Lautoka, which have not yet been repaired.

Taxi driver Ronish Chand said this had been an ongoing issue that placed motorists and pedestrians at risk.

“It’s hard for drivers because sometimes the lights will remain one colour for a long period or it just won’t work at all and this a hassle during traffic jams in the mornings and afternoon,” he said.

“This is a high-risk area because it’s near the bus stand and children are crowded here every afternoon and sometimes drivers become angry because pedestrians keep crossing and we have to try to stop.”

A statement released by the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) said repairs for traffic signal lights were done fortnightly.

“The traffic signals do not function when the traffic signal controller detects the fault within the system due to component failure.

“All the traffic signals installed in Lautoka are outdated and obsolete with no source of spare parts,” the statement read.

The statement also confirmed that the traffic signals would be going through an upgrade this year.

“There are a total of three traffic signals installed and all the repair works are carried out by in-house FRA team. Traffic signals in Lautoka are part of our signal upgrade programme,” the statement read.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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