ABOUT 300 villagers at the north end of Taveuni have been without a bus service for the past three days since the only bus was stranded as a result of poor road conditions.
The villagers of Lavena, Wailevu and Qali were deprived of the service on Monday afternoon after the driver claimed he could not drive on the road, claiming it was damaged by the bad weather.
Pacific Transport manager Taveuni Prakash Sami told The Fiji Times the driver was held up in a village because he could not drive through the poor road conditions.
"The driver is also spending three days in the village as he can't risk an accident," Mr Sami said.
"We have written to the Fiji Roads Authority and it seems they are reacting gradually to our plight."
He said such incidents had not only affected their business but also the villagers who needed to do their shopping or visit the hospital for medical treatment.
"This is really frustrating because we are also concerned about our customers who use our service," he said.
"It's likely the driver might spend another two or three days there before we can resume operations."
In response, FRA spokesman Mike Rudge said the bad weather had affected parts of the Taveuni road network.
"Repairs have been mobilised and should be completed by Sunday," he said.