Bus drivers, passengers issued traffic infringement notices

59 passengers and 23 bus drivers were issued traffic infringement notices. Picture: FT FILE

FIFTY nine passengers and 23 bus drivers were issued traffic infringement notices during a two-week e-ticketing campaign by the Land Transport Authority across the Western Division.

Held from the May 23 to June 4, the initiative intercepted 685 buses and reached a total of 16,964 passengers and 143 schools.

LTA CEO Samuel Simpson said the objective of the campaign was to ensure that at least 50 per cent of bus passengers in the Western Division who normally used bus service as their primary transportation mode were guided and coached within the awareness exercise.

The areas covered in the campaign were Ba, Lautoka and Nadi, Sigatoka, Tavua and Rakiraki.

“Our enforcement teams – Fiji wide are closely monitoring the different types of cards used by passengers, under charging of bus fare by drivers by the use of cash payment to maximise passenger load capacity for a scheduled trip and also creating awareness on fraudulent abuse of concessionary cards,” he said.

“LTA expects the bus companies to follow up and take disciplinary action in respect of drivers taking cash fares from bus passengers.

“These drivers have been issued with Traffic infringement Notices.

“Bus companies may contact their local LTA branch managers for details of the TINs issued.

“There will be an on-going monitoring process in order to ensure that E-Transport revenue protection activity is on-going and intelligence led to provide maximum detection and deterrent.”

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