Drivers will have to pay for damage if they cause it: FRA
May 24, 2019 12:05 pm
The Fiji Roads Authority will now send bills to careless and arrogant drivers who damage any of their property.
Chief Executive Jonathan Moore says bills have been sent to fifteen drivers in the West while three more have been identified in the Central Division.
Moore says out of the 18 perpetrators, seven have been cleared after paying their penalties.
The Authority also adds that a huge chunk of money has been spent to improve our infrastructure and they will not condone anyone damaging their property.
“We can’t have people recklessly damaging our assets and not have a consequence to it. These things cost a fortune. One traffic signal costs almost a quarter million. With that all necessary equipment are also used. The work and installation can be very expensive. There is a significant amount of money we have to pay to get it replaced and if it is reckless driving then they have to pay for it.”
Jonathan Moore says this new billing system started last year.
“And people have to learn that if they do this sort of damage, there is a consequence. So last year there were a lot of incidence in Nadi on the one stretcher road from Votualevu Roundabout to Wailoaloa junction. So we decided to chase after these people and fine them. And if we have to get a quote, we will.”
The FRA says while it is their duty to improve infrastructure, every citizen must be responsible to take care of it.
Drivers who refuse to make necessary payments have been warned that tougher actions will be taken.