FOLLOWING the spate of bus fires in the country, a three-week joint operation by the Land Transport Authority, the police and the National Fire Authority is being conducted for the inspection of all buses on Vanua Levu.
Officers from the three departments were at the Labasa bus stand inspecting buses for fire safety, bus maintenance standard and road worthiness on Tuesday afternoon.
LTA spokesman Iliesa Sokia said the operation started early this week and identifying inferior materials was a priority.
"Apart from identifying such materials, the inspection is also aimed at informing bus drivers and operators of the importance of complying with the Quality Assurance Maintenance System, a manual that guides them on how to go about maintaining their buses daily," he said.
"This manual is endorsed by the LTA board and is mandatory for operators to follow it for the purpose of keeping their fleet in good condition and safe for the travelling public. There have been quite a number of bus fires recently and it's only proper we inspect bus conditions for the safety of passengers."
Mr Sokia said the officers would be working around-the-clock to ensure operators and drivers adhered to the system.
"If they don't follow the system, they will be the ones paying the price because their buses will be booked or grounded for that matter."