THE increasing number of public service vehicles (PSV) being involved in road accidents in the country is becoming a real worry for the Fiji Police Force.
According to statistics revealed by the police, this year so far has recorded six fatalities involving buses and minibuses.
And to curb the influx, a meeting was convened yesterday between the police, Land Transport Authority and Suva City Council to reassess operations targeting those who have been given the responsibility of transporting members of the public.
LTA general manager operations Aptinko Vaurasi highlighted the need to review current strategies in regards to the policing and monitoring of PSV drivers who are increasingly becoming a concern on our roads.
"We have to map out quick measures and get hold of not only the drivers but everyone involved in the maintenance and running of these vehicles to improve on how they are operating on our roads," Mr Vaurasi said.
Director traffic Senior Superintendent of Police Mahesh Mishra said the biggest hurdle faced by authorities continued to be drivers' attitude.
"We can say that most PSV operators have improved the conditions of their vehicles and we thank them for that but what needs to be improved on now is the attitude of drivers," SSP Mishra said.
He said sometimes buses did not use the proper bus bays and parked anyhow showing a complete disregard of their passengers' safety and the safety of other motorists.
"As a result the three stakeholders have agreed to launch a campaign today targeting PSV's in a bid to try and weed out drivers who are failing to comply with the laws," SSP Mishra said.
The Suva City Council is also helping the police and LTA in this campaign.