Fiji Time: 3:33 AM on Tuesday 28 April

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Cane carters' caution

Luke Rawalai
Sunday, July 20, 2014

THE importance placed on sugar cane because of its significance to the national and northern economy will not mean a drop in safety standards on our roads.

LTA regional manager North Neil Eyre has again sounded a strong warning to cane lorry drivers in the North to refrain from overloading their trucks.

Mr Eyre said they had started monitoring the situation on the roads for the past two weeks. He said they were also working closely with the Labasa Cane Growers Association for an awareness program with cane truck drivers in the North soon.

"Despite our plea in the past, cane trucks continue to get overturned on our roads because of their heavy loads.

"Drivers must remember that safety of other road users is paramount to us and we will up our operation tempo if we have to," Mr Eyre said. "We have been warning people that the standard size of cane loads on trucks is 3.2 metres (in height) and not more than that."

He said they would strictly monitor trucks as scattered cane from overturned trucks had also affected traffic flow.

"Drivers are well aware of these standard requirements and we are pleading with them once again to please value their lives and that of other road users."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Children watch senseless beating
  2. Fatal night out
  3. Reddy for talks
  4. The sevens challenge
  5. No discrimination
  6. Celebrating success
  7. Church celebrates 25 years
  8. Women take up backyard gardening
  9. Council revives carnival after a lapse of 6 years
  10. Singh meets Pele

Top Stories this Week

  1. The murder of a schoolteacher Tuesday (21 Apr)
  2. Wrong body for burial Thursday (23 Apr)
  3. Hunt for terrorist Thursday (23 Apr)
  4. Unclaimed body laid to rest Tuesday (21 Apr)
  5. Children watch senseless beating Monday (27 Apr)
  6. Fatal night out Monday (27 Apr)
  7. Man found unconscious, pronounced dead Sunday (26 Apr)
  8. Rights over freehold land Wednesday (22 Apr)
  9. PM's office receives 1000 complaints Thursday (23 Apr)
  10. Wife wished cancer for hubby Tuesday (21 Apr)