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Install or pay fine

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

ANY bus company that refuses to install the new e-ticketing machines can be fined a maximum of $10,000 and have their buses impounded.

LTA spokesman Alfred Wiliame said they had started discussions with bus companies on the issue.

Mr Wiliame said they had started talks with bus companies that had refused to install the e-ticketing machines. However, he said, if these failed, drastic action would be taken.

"If our attempts to reach a diplomatic solution through these talks fail, then we will take action against these companies," Mr Williame said.

"Bus operators who fail to install these machines can be fined a maximum fine of $10,000 and their buses would be seized.

"We send a clear warning to drivers not to tamper with the machines as those caught doing so will be fined a maximum penalty of $5000."

Fiji Bus Operators Association vice president Pramod Chand urged all bus companies to get together and move forward for the advancement of the transportation industry.

"The need to install e-ticketing systems in our buses is a legal requirement by decree and it is only becoming that bus drivers toe the line and work together for their own betterment," he said.

Last week, Mr Wiliame was in the Northern Division to meet bus companies and conduct training for LTA officers.

He said the tour was to also help their staff understand the role they would play in ensuring the e-ticket system was followed.

Mr Wiliame said the machines were part of the buses and would be inspected by LTA.

Foneology director James Trusler said the training was aimed at helping staff understand more about the e-ticket machines and how to deal with them.