BUSES in the North are yet to adopt the quality maintenance assurance system (QMAS) to help them avoid future bus fires.
LTA spokesman Iliesa Sokia said some bus companies on Viti Levu had taken the proactive approach in the management of their buses.
Mr Sokia said they visited 12 bus companies in the Central Division to establish and emphasise the importance of the QMAS.
"Bus operators such as Citiline, Nasese Bus, Raiwaqa, Central, Sunbeam, Pacific, Nadera, Lodoni, Dee Cees Buses, Dawasamu, S Nairs, Shore Buses and Sunset have been visited so far," Mr Sokia said.
"Of the 12 companies that have been visited, three have submitted a detailed report as part of a QMAS criterion.
"To date, Citiline, Nasese and Central Buses have submitted phase one of the QMAS requirement."
He said as part of efforts to effectively enhance the adoption of the system, LTA had devised a workable checklist that would be spread out in three different phases.
The first phase — which started last month and will carry on until January 2014 — includes compliancy of the garage, ramp, daily inspection, defect reporting, vehicle safety instruction and program maintenance.
Phase two will be conducted within three months and includes checks on facility, equipment, tools, driver's monitoring program, fleet register, accident register, emergency management plan, mobility enhancement strategy and a public complaints register.