Stop verbal and physical abuse of bus drivers, operators warn

The Fiji Bus Operators Association is urging members of the travelling public to stop the physical and verbal abuse of bus drivers and to exercise restraint when they are frustrated over travelling problems. Picture: FT FILE

THE Fiji Bus Operators Association is urging members of the travelling public to stop the physical and verbal abuse of bus drivers and to exercise restraint when they are frustrated over travelling problems.

FBOA general secretary Rohit Latchan made the comment in light of incidents in the past several months directed at bus drivers across the country.

“The majority of Fiji’s travelling public use buses as their main form of transport and the pressure is always on bus operators and their drivers to maintain problem-free services,” Mr Latchan said.

“However, sometimes issues occur that are out of the control of bus operators and drivers and we urge the public to try to understand this before unleashing abuse at drivers in front of other passengers, including children.”

He said bus drivers played an important role in ensuring the continued operation of public transport services and must be accorded respect by the people they are transporting.

The FBOA is hopeful that good sense and respect will prevail among both passengers and drivers and warned that bus operators would not tolerate violent incidents directed at their drivers.