LTA warns Westbus to resume services

LTA chief executive officer Samuel Simpson. Picture: FT FILE

THE Land Transport Authority has given an ultimatum to Nadi based bus service providers Westbus to make sure that their services are not interrupted in any way today.

LTA chief executive officer Samuel Simpson has warned the company that if this happened today or any other day, the company would be called to an LTA PSV Board to a “show cause” meeting at the earliest possible opportunity, at which their licence(s) could be suspended, varied or revoked for non-operation of services in accordance with its RRL Licence.

Mr Simpson said in the event that Westbus disregarded this warning by the LTA and proceeded with its present planned action, LTA would institute emergency measures to ensure the customers were transported to and from their place of education and employment.

The LTA boss said the misfortune of the bus company was caused by matters entirely within their direct control and not by any outside factors and it was in their power to stop this planned action.

The bus company has been told not to inconvenience or inflict unnecessary suffering on its customers.

Mr Simpson said the decision by Westbus to announce in the print media of a planned disruption to services on Thursday, April 11, came as a huge disappointment.

“As the transport regulator, the LTA wishes to ensure a vibrant, economically-successful and thriving bus industry in Fiji. This is to the benefit of all Fijians, particularly those in remote or rural areas where transport choices are limited by virtue of location,” he said in a statement issued yesterday.

According to Mr Simpson, this action by Westbus will intentionally discommode thousands of customers of the transport network.

He said they had spoken with the proprietor of Westbus, Ajay Kumar, and he had been made aware of the authority’s disapproval of the planned strike action for today.

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