AN audit process by the LTA has revealed that the series of bus fires in the country were linked to electrical failures triggered by tampering of manufacturer settings.
This was revealed by authority CEO Naisa Tuinaceva during a press conference at the LTA HQ in Valelevu, Nasinu on Thursday.
Mr Tuinaceva said the audit revealed that the bus fires were caused by tampering of electrical wires, overloading of electrical components, unapproved electrical fittings and wires used inside buses were not of proper strength.
"Most buses on our roads are like a time bomb," Mr Tuinaceva said.
He said many buses were also not maintained to the best standards.
And to counter the increased number of bus fires in the country, the authority launched a quality assurance management system for bus operators which will introduce a systematic and transparent approach to all operational aspects of the industry.
The system will force operators to ensure daily safety checks such as vehicle inspection, maintaining of drivers' log books and proper set-up of garages for maintenance works.
Mr Tuinaceva said the QAMS would also promote and implement a standard maintenance system aimed at improving service delivery.