Tacirua Transport Limited will face disciplinary action for illegally operating a school bus route without prior authorization from the LTA.
This comes after LTA found a Facebook post stating that Tacirua Transport would no longer be doing an afternoon school route that they had been operating from St. Marcellin Primary School in Vatuwaqa, Suva. LTA Chief Executive Samuel Simpson says it is against the law for bus companies to operate outside of authorised Road Route License. Simpson adds bus operators are aware of this as it is part of the conditions of their bus permits. He also says this is illegal and Tacirua Transport will be brought before the LTA Board for disciplinary action because the responsibility lies solely on their shoulders.
The LTA CEO reiterates that this is not some obscure piece of information for bus operators as there are over 800 Road Route Licenses that have been issued in Fiji.
Central Buses will provide temporary services for St Marcellin Primary while the LTA advertises for a new bus operator.
A bus owned by the Tacirua Transport Limited that ploughed into a house yesterday has been found to be un-roadworthy because the hand-brake was not working.
Land Transport Authority Chief Executive Samuel Simpson says an inspection has found a serious failure of the Tacirua Transport maintenance system. He adds the driver failed to carry out pre-service checks before operating, to ensure the safety of passengers. Simpson says they will continue to ensure the safety of Fijians and bus operators need to be vigilant, thoroughly checking their fleet before putting them on the road. He is calling on bus operators to properly maintain their vehicles and take all the safety requirements seriously. LTA has issued Tacirua Transport Limited with a ‘defect order’ which they are required to comply with before the bus is permitted on the road again.
Bus Owner FFP Donor to be discplined for illegally operating a school bus route, and another of his bus that ploughed into house was not fit to be on road. When it came to donating, Tacirua Transport found $40,000