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LTA: Preaching in buses illegal

Salaseini Moceiwai
Sunday, August 24, 2014

PEOPLE preaching in moving buses have been reminded it is illegal.

Responding to claims made by some men in the North on preaching in buses, LTA spokesman Iliesa Sokia said such activities were a breach of the PSV codes of conduct.

Mr Sokia said LTA does not issue permits to people for such activities.

"We have never issued any permit to anyone regarding this matter and most importantly, we don't allow this sort of activity to take place in a travelling bus," he said.

"It's against the PSV codes of conduct and the drivers will be held accountable if they allow people to stand and preach to the passengers when the bus is moving. It can be a form of distraction to the passengers and as well as the drivers.

"This activity is a breach of the driver's licence condition and also the PSV codes of conduct and regulations. It's not that we are opposing such religious activities to take place but there are other proper avenues and environment available.

"A moving bus is just not the right environment to preach."

Mr Sokia said public service vehicles were solely meant for transporting passengers from one point to their respective destinations.

"What if the passengers or the driver is distracted by the person preaching and the bus ends up in an accident?

"Who's going to be held accountable for the lives of the victims of the accident?

"These are some of the questions that should come to mind.

"We are not opposing any religion but there are certain laws and regulations in place that need to be adhered to.

"For such activity to take place, people are allowed to park their vehicle and preach from inside or even outside for as long as they follow the law of this country.

"For us, we do bus ministry and this is in the form of our road safety campaigns. We however, stop the bus and reach out to the communities with our awareness programs.

"Posters of road safety are pasted outside the bus and this is what we call bus ministry.

"It's only proper we follow the law because I believe this is what God wants of us to."

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