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Concern over road conditions

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

PARMOD Buses Limited owner Parmod Chand has expressed frustrations at the condition of roads in the interior of Bua and Macuata.

Mr Chand said while bus companies in the North were trying to buy new buses so that members of the public could travel in comfort, the authority in charge of roads was not playing its part.

"The road in Wainunu and Bua has been in a pathetic condition for a long time now and it has been affecting the condition of the buses," he said.

"Many a times poor bus conditions are blamed on operators like us but little do people realise that buses are the way they are because of the road conditions.

"The authorities must ensure the roads are in a good condition so that we can provide the best service. I am talking about the Wainunu-Daria and the Tabia-Naduri roads."

Fiji Roads Authority CEO Neil Cook said they took their obligations to road users seriously.

"With public service vehicles quite rightly at the very top of that list, we also understand how frustrating it can be for those operators when weather conditions can bring about such rapid deterioration to a road network that, whilst improving, is still fragile after many, many years of lack of adequate maintenance," he said.