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Bus companies complain of glue sniffing, vandals

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

GLUE sniffing by schoolchildren is now done in public transport.

This was confirmed by LTA yesterday following the discovery of illicit materials such as glue tins in buses.

LTA spokesman Iliesa Sokia said these were revealed by a few bus companies following their visits to them last week.

"From two weeks ago we started an initiative where we visited some bus operators to try and get their opinion on the difficulties they normally face while conducting their daily services," Mr Sokia said.

"Close to about seven bus companies along the Suva-Nausori corridor revealed almost the same things and they are concerned with the way some buses are vandalised and these are mostly done by schoolchildren.

"This is not only the discovery of glue tins but the removal of the sponges in bus seats which students use for glue sniffing.

"We are still trying to facilitate the grievances they brought up and how they could be facilitated."

Mr Sokia said bus vandalism was one practical issue they faced almost every day.

"They have actually identified the culprit, they hate to say it but it's the work of some schoolchildren that have committed vandalism on these buses.

"Whenever they do their clean-up on the buses they noticed there were other illicit materials that have been found, PVC glue and a few others and drivers could only discover the empty tins on the floor.

"They are trying to address these to stakeholders as it's a very critical point to raise."

He added members of the public could be very quick to judge bus conditions. However, they failed to realise that bus companies faced these kinds of problems which affected their businesses and investments.

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