10 Jun 2014

Fiji Labour Party leader accuses LTA of harrassment

5:54 pm on 10 June 2014

The Fiji Lands Transport Authority has been pressured to remove its suspension of a bus company's licence, and accused of harrassment.

The Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, says the LTA suspended the licence of Empire Buses despite not issuing any defect notice on the company beforehand.

He alleges corrupt practices at the LTA, saying senior officials have engaged in "planned harassment" before suspending the licence.

Mr Chaudhry says nineteen buses were taken off the roads, all with valid certificates of road worthiness.

He says the bus company, based in Ba, was servicing the area with 15 buses and the suspension of the fleet means the bus routes are now poorly serviced.

The Land Transport Authority did not respond to requests for comment.