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LTA: Follow schedules

Vishaal Kumar
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

IN a bid to curb traffic congestion, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) is working with the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) to ensure buses strictly follow their schedule.

LTA acting chairman Ashok Patel said the failure to comply with the terms of permit was a chargeable offence under Section 62 of the LTA Act 1998.

"Traffic congestion is something we are facing recently because of infrastructure developments and the volume of vehicles which is a challenge to everyone, however, once roadworks are completed, traffic flow should normalise," Mr Patel said.

Mr Patel said other factors which contributed to the delay in bus services included the lack of road courtesy by other road users.

"Sometimes buses are in queues and passengers get off before it reaches the bus bay, therefore we urge drivers to ensure passengers wait and disembark at designated bus bays," he said.

"We urge other road users to refrain from parking at the bus bays — leaving their vehicles unattended."

He added that under the traffic Regulation 13, it was a chargeable offence if a driver failed to give way to a bus after it had indicated to leave the bay.

He said other issues raised included bus drivers not stopping at bus bays to pick up passengers which were not an everyday occurrence, though when reported appropriate action was taken by LTA.

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