VEHICLE operators along the Savusavu to Buca Bay road have lauded the quick response by the Fiji Roads Authority in carrying out maintenance works on the Loa Hill portion of the road.
This newspaper had highlighted the pleas of vehicle operators along the highway last Wednesday.
Taveuni Princess Shipping bus driver Bob Singh was pleased with the maintenance works being done on the road saying that it would ease the bus breakdowns they had along the road.
"We are still concerned about the condition of the road since it will always get worse during wet spells," he said.
"We plead with the authorities to seal the road to ensure the safety of our passengers who travel along this highway every now and then.
"We are talking of about 200 people per day travelling through this passage and it is only wise that the roads be sealed to ensure their safety," he said.
Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer Neil Cook said the authority was working closely with vehicle operators around the country to identify problem areas that they needed dealt with.
"We have arranged a process where our contractors from Blacktop are working closely with bus operators to address the problems that they face every now and then," he said.
Mr Cook also said the stretch of road between Loa Village and Navonu was not part of the authority's road sealing program but it would be considered.
"We understand the problem that vehicle operators undergo in the area and we will be taking this into consideration before we include it in our road sealing programs," he said.