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Bus checks to intensify

Jone Kalouniviti
Thursday, February 13, 2014

THE Land Transport Authority will intensify routine checks at bus garages this year because of an increase in reports of bus mechanical failures.

Authority spokesman Iliesa Sokia said the frequency of such reports varied but the fact that it had been happening almost on a daily basis was a cause for concern.

He made the comments in response to an early morning accident at Tavakubu in Lautoka on Tuesday where a bus rolled backwards into two taxis carrying schoolchildren.

Police divisional traffic officer western ASP Mitieli Divuana said the brakes of the Lautoka General Transport bus failed causing it to roll backwards.

Mr Sokia said if the quality assurance management system (QAMS) that was put in place last year for all companies was followed, such incidents would be reduced.

He said through the adoption of QAMS, all companies should be checking their buses daily — at the start and at the end of business.

The bus was towed away to the LTA base for inspection.

Lautoka General Transport manager Pyara Singh said the incident was a result of "driver error".

"The bus is OK but some of these drivers haven't got their head on properly, this one changed gears at the wrong time causing the bus to roll back," Mr Singh said.

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