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Caution for bus owners

Tevita Vuibau
Sunday, May 11, 2014

BUS operators observed a minute of silence during their AGM yesterday, for the mother and child who died tragically at the Suva Bus Stand on Tuesday.

And they were told by Transport Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to ensure their employees were responsible while on the job.

Fiji Bus Operators Association members observed a moment of silence for the deceased .

In his address to members, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the image of bus operators was not looking good in the wake of the accident.

"The mother and child that we stood in silence for, for one minute, that incident does not augur well," he said.

"The bus operators, I believe, have a duty to ensure that your employees do the right thing.

"Do not let your checker drive a bus when he does not have a PSV, maybe you can do that in your own yard, not in a public place.

"It's a very basic simple thing, you can't do things the way they were done before.

"In the same way, for example, we are obviously trying through the Ministry of Local Government and Urban Development to improve the quality of the bus stand areas so Suva needs an upgrade, no doubt about that."

He did acknowledge that more accidents were probably caused by minibus drivers who behaved recklessly on the road.

Association president Viren Kewal said they extended their heartfelt condolences to the families of the child and mother who were involved in the fatal accident.

Meanwhile, the association returned its office bearers who were up for election unopposed during the AGM.

Continuing in their posts are general secretary Rohit Latchan and treasurer Ravishwar Chandra, Dhirendra Singh (assistant secretary), Abdul Wahad (assistant secretary), Ajit Singh (assistant treasurer), Nisar Ali Shah (assistant treasurer). Two new members — Jagdishwar Singh of Nadi General Transport and Inoke Silimaibau of Sunset Express — were also elected to the executive committee.

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