Association agrees with 16.5 tonnes

Lorries loaded with sugar cane line up outside FSC Labasa Mill. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA/FT FILE

THE Labasa Lorry Association has agreed to comply with the 16.5 tonnes allowed for cane trucks.

The decision followed the meeting held this afternoon between Fiji Sugar Corporation chief executive Graham Clark and Land Transport Authority chief executive Samuel Simpson.

However, the association’s secretary Mohammed Idrish said while the association has agreed to comply, they would need consult their members in a meeting scheduled for tomorrow.

“We can’t deny that the farmers and lorry drivers are on the losing end as 16.5tonnes will not cover their expenses,” he said.

“At the same time, we can’t fight the law but we will meet with members tomorrow and make a final decision.”

FSC CEO Mr Clark described the meeting as a fruitful one.

LTA CEO Mr Simpson could not be reached for a comment.

No cane trucks have arrived at the mill despite the opening of the crushing season.

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