GROUNDING of a bus fleet such as that of Nasese Buses Limited should be made when incidents such as bus fires occur, the Consumer Council of Fiji said yesterday.
And the council believes such action will ensure passengers are not put at risk by travelling in such buses and also safeguard other road users.
Council CEO Premila Kumar commended the LTA's decisive action to ground the fleet on Thursday.
"The council believes that LTA's decision to ground the fleet was long overdue, especially with the increased incidents of bus fires," Mrs Kumar said.
She said LTA's stance in this matter should act as a warning to other bus companies to take measures to keep their buses safe.
"Bus companies must conduct regular checks and thorough maintenance of their buses for the safety of their passengers."
While the grounding is in place, she urged authorities to ensure consumers were not deprived of bus services.
"Consumers living in these routes will still need frequent and reliable buses needed to carry out their day-to-day activities such as work, school and shopping.
"The council hopes that the grounding will stay in effect until Nasese Bus Company can prove the safety of all their buses and if the company is unable to prove otherwise, the buses should remain grounded. Let other bus company provide service for that route."