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Ashok Transport Reiterates ‘Driver’ Cleared By MoH

The driver Mr Chand was taken into isolation last week on Monday but was cleared the next day after his second test was negative.
25 May 2021 14:37
Ashok Transport Reiterates ‘Driver’ Cleared By MoH

Ashok Transport Limited, managing director Krishan Kumar has reiterated that his driver has been cleared by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

Mr Kumar was disappointed that people have not accepted the Ministry’s confirmation that their driver Vikesh Chand and his family posed no risk.

The driver Mr Chand was taken into isolation last week on Monday but was cleared the next day after his second test was negative.

Meanwhile, Mr Kumar said even though the company was affected by numerous factors which customers were unaware of, they were still operating.

He said they were only sending drivers from the two main islands after going through numerous checklists making sure protocols were followed.

He said this was when the Government allowed them to.

“When the Commissioner Northern issued a ban on truck drivers, we obeyed and made our own arrangement,” he said.

Ashok Transport Limited managing director Krishan Kumar.

Ashok Transport Limited managing director
Krishan Kumar.

“I don’t understand why people continue talking negatively about the company and forget to appreciate the service we provide.

“Imagine if we stop operating,” he said.

Challenges

Early this week he said they have been sending their loaded trucks without drivers on Goundar Shipping from Natovi to Nabouwalu jetty.

One of the biggest challenges he revealed was if the freezer truck stops operating during the five-hour journey then there would be no one present to immediately fix the problem.

He explained if the frozen items such as chicken and ice cream of Goodman Fielder International (Fiji) Limited were damaged, then he was liable for it.

“My customers would not pay for the damages because I am responsible for transporting goods across,” he said.

“One freezer truck carries about $35,000 to $50,000 worth of items.

“We have to be careful when we deal with machines because anything can happen.”

He said they also transport goods from Natovi to Savusavu and Natovi to Levuka during the week.

The additional cost of fuel since January was another contributing factor to their high operational costs.

“While we are embracing new changes, we hope people would appreciate our services and workers’ commitment,” he said.

“It would be highly appreciated if people stop spreading rumours and see our workers as humans.”

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu

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