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Bus companies given grace period

Salaseini Vosamana
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

SOME bus companies on Vanua Levu have been given time to improve the condition of their buses.

Land Transport Authority chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva said while some companies had bought new buses to upgrade their fleet, others had been given time to fix existing ones.

"With the appointment of reinforcement of officers in the north this year, work has progressed well and this has seen companies making positive changes to the condition of their buses."

"Passengers continued to complain about the poor bus conditions and blaming the officers for not carrying out their inspections well.

"Our staff are well-trained and their work is competent in the area."

He said efficient inspection was evident with the closure of one company for non-compliance last year. "We have to look at the bigger picture and see the progress. Brand new buses are introduced and companies that fail to comply with our regulations are closed down," he said.

"Our officers will continue to monitor the condition of buses because the safety of the passengers is of paramount importance to us."