The new school term will start today.

The LTA also wishes to advise people residing at Dakavunu and Tokoloa areas off the Tavua-Vatukoula main highway that two Licence Carriers (LC) have been issued with public service licences to transport children to school and cater for local transport needs in the two areas following withdrawal of service by Baitul Buses.

The provision of the two LCs last year is very timely for children and people living along that area who don’t need to walk down the main road to catch the bus.

The LC’s will cater for this transport need along the Dakavunu and Tokoloa providing a link with the main highway.

Road Safety of Children

The LTA reiterates its advice to motorists, and parents/guardians mainly to be mindful of children’s safety with the beginning of the new school term.

Take extra care especially at school roadways as well as at traffic lights and pedestrian crossings to ensure children can cross in absolute safety at all times..

Bus operators are responsible for the safety of children travelling and particularly when boarding and alighting from buses. Motorists must be alert to the possibility of children crossing the road either in front of a bus or in between two buses in the bus layby.

Children must stand on the bus stand and bus bay pavement and only board the bus when it has come to a complete stop. Children must not put hands and heads out of the window which can be fatal.

Parents/guardians have an equal responsibility for their children’s safety by ensuring that they cross the road in safety at all times. Parents/guardians must educate their children to the ever present dangers on the road. Only cross at pedestrian crossings and at traffic lights crossing. The children must walk facing the oncoming traffic.

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