TRANSPORT operators along the Buca Bay Savusavu Highway are worried about the safety of their passengers as road conditions continue to deteriorate.
Taveuni Princess Shipping bus driver Bob Singh said the condition of the road between Loa Village and Navonu in the Buca Bay area had always been a threat to the safety of passengers — particularly during wet weather.
Mr Singh said since they were continuing services along the road, it was becoming extremely dangerous following the wet weather condition.
"When travelling up the hill at Loa Village, we have to be very careful and it is dangerous since our buses can be overloaded with passengers who travel to and from Taveuni via ferry," he said.
"We request the concerned authorities to look into this issue and ensure that the roads are in good condition to prevent the possibility of a major accident."
Virisila Marama of Taveuni said passengers on the stretch of highway from Loa village to Navonu always felt threatened by the road condition, saying there was a possibility of a major accident as any bus could go off the road during extreme weather conditions.
"The steep slopes are slippery during wet weather and the potholes and road conditions are pathetic," she said.
Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer Neil Cook has warned drivers to take extra caution when driving through unsealed roads in this extreme wet weather.
"The weather condition has affected our roads immensely and full operations on these roads will begin once the weather clears," he said.