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Pay your fare

Nanise Loanakadavu
Saturday, February 08, 2014

"PAY your fares."

These were the words of LTA chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva to police officers who intend to have free rides in buses.

The call came following concerns raised by members of the public on police conduct in buses.

However, he said in the course of their duty to conduct checks in buses, they could have free rides because that was outlined in the legislation.

"Otherwise they are no different from other members of the public and they will have to pay their bus fares."

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri echoed the sentiments of the LTA CEO saying police officers will have to pay their bus fares.

"It should be understood that the onus is with the bus driver if he decides to offer them a free ride," Insp Sokomuri said.

Mr Tuinaceva said police had the power to enter the bus if there was a job that needed to be done inside.

"If they are using the bus to move from point A to B then they will need to pay because everyone in the bus becomes a passenger and they need to pay their fare," Mr Tuinaceva added.

"But in the course of their duty, like LTA officers, they have the power to ride for free," he added.

However, he said at the end of the day, when people went home they would need to pay their bus fare.

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