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Alert on loud music

Vishaal Kumar
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

THE onus of ensuring passengers have a safe and comfortable travel on public buses is the responsibility of both the driver and the passengers.

Land Transport Authority (LTA) acting chairman Ashok Patel made these comments while responding to questions sent to him from this newspaper regarding loud music still being played in buses.

Mr Patel said this practice was mostly common during major sporting events and when school students were travelling on the buses.

"Drivers sometimes reduce the volume of music when passing police or LTA checkpoints and once they are in a safer zone, they increase the volume again and we do not condone this practice," Mr Patel said.

"Our enforcement teams throughout Fiji are issuing traffic infringement notices (TINs).

"LTA cannot have mobility and visibility everywhere so where possible, members of the public can lodge a complaint by sending a text to 582 of the time, location of the incident and the vehicle number or report to police for drastic action if any traffic offences are committed."

He said drivers playing loud music could be issued with a TIN for causing undue noise under Regulation 46 and 87 of Land Transport (Traffic) Regulations 2000 as due diligent process.

"Loud music is not only a nuisance to the occupants of the vehicle, but it also distracts the driver.

"The driver can also be issued with a traffic infringement notice for inconsiderate driving under Section 99 (2) and 114 of Land Transport Act," he said.

As enforcement measures, apart from issuing TINs, LTA would call all drivers who had offended more than three times for a show cause.

LTA stated that vehicle owners had also been issued warnings with regards to the matter.

"It was a major issue, but now it had reduced, however that does not mean the problem does not exist. We acknowledge there is a problem and therefore we urge members of the public to lodge complaints to LTA when possible," Mr Patel said.

LTA had issued so far a total of 32 TINs to drivers for causing undue noise, 89 TINs for conduct of drivers and 248 TINs were issued for carrying excess passengers.

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