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Ravneel Sharma, Nasasa Rd, Navua
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

It has been quite some time now that the people are blaming the government and the car dealers for importing a large number of vehicles to be sold in our beloved country Fiji.

Many have directly pointed out that traffic congestion on our roads are because of the new hybrid vehicles that have been made so affordable that every household could purchase through a car loan for a period of five years.

But have we ever wondered how the Government could curb the traffic congestion problem along the Suva-Nausori corridor, as well as in the Nadi and Lautoka corridor during early mornings when people are rushing to work.

First and foremost I believe the bus companies should relook at their own buses and ask themselves whether they would want to travel in old rattling buses that have gear box problems or when it rains, the water seeps into the buses and wets the seat covers. If a person is a lawyer by profession, I believe he wouldn't want to travel in those buses because by the time he or she arrives at the bus stand his or her clothes would get dirty.

So it's better for them to travel on their own private cars contributing to traffic congestion.

A mobile phone company has been giving away free talk times through weekly promotions.

If it does have double or triple up promotions on recharging your e-ticketing cards, I guarantee the majority of vehicle owners would park their private cars at home and will surely travel by bus as they will be saving fuel cost.

That way traffic congestion could be solved in busy areas along the Suva-Nausori corridor where road works are being carried out by Fiji Roads Authority which could be done at a faster pace rather than waiting to clear traffic and then proceed with work.

As the weather pattern changes and not all road works could be done at night, I believe Government could get along with organisations involved to find a better solution.

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