THE Land Transport Authority is forming an initiative to have regular bus checks in the North this week as part of efforts to ensure the public service vehicles are safe for the travelling public.
Authority CEO Naisa Tuinaceva yesterday said such checks included oil leaks, heavy smoke emissions and the overall bus conditions.
"The LTA is also continuing its joint operations with police to ensure buses comply with accident and other fire preventative measures," he said.
"The LTA is also checking on some buses that were grounded last week after being issued with defect orders last week.
"They need to be fixed before they are put back on the road.
"We are going to visit the drivers again at the bus stand to see whether they have complied and fixed the defects identified during our operations.
"Apart from this, we are also checking for oil leaks, heavy smoke emissions and buses that continuously turn on their engines in the duration of picking or waiting for passengers."
Mr Tuinaceva said checks on fire extinguishers were also part of the operation.
"We are also checking the expiry dates of the extinguishers whether they are still operational or not.
"Some buses have expired extinguishers that are of inferior type."