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Tragic Bus Crash Highlights Alarming Negligence


Bus crash at Malifa - Photo from Talamua

Apia, Samoa - In a devastating incident earlier this week, a bus crash claimed two lives, sending shockwaves through the community. What makes this tragedy even more distressing is the shocking revelation that the ill-fated bus was not licensed fit for road usage. Even more alarming is the fact that the bus driver, entrusted with the lives of passengers, did not possess the correct driver's license required to carry passengers.


In the wake of the heartbreaking accident that claimed two lives and left the passengers and witnesses traumatised, crucial questions demand immediate answers. How was this bus, clearly unfit for the road and carrying passengers, allowed to operate? Who shoulders the blame for this appalling oversight?


Accountability rests not only on the bus owner but also on the bus driver, entrusted with the lives of passengers. Additionally, serious inquiries must be made into the department or ministry responsible for ensuring the warrant of fitness for public transport vehicles. How did this blatant violation escape their scrutiny?


Equally concerning is the role of law enforcement. Shouldn't the police, during their routine inspections at main bus stops, around the town clock, have identified and rectified the presence of unlicensed buses or vehicles with license plates and registration that is not supposed to be on the road? These alarming oversights raise grave concerns about the systems in place, demanding urgent action, transparency, and accountability from all responsible parties. The tragic loss of life underscores the need for a thorough investigation, ensuring that justice is served and preventing such devastating incidents in the future.


A pressing question looms large: Are our beloved iconic wooden buses still a safe and viable mode of public transport in today's fast-paced world? This inquiry gains immense significance in light of the numerous accidents that have plagued these historic vehicles in the past. it is imperative to scrutinise the structural integrity and overall safety measures of these iconic buses. With a history marked by unfortunate incidents, a thorough reassessment is paramount. Ensuring the safety of passengers should be the foremost concern as we contemplate their continued operation in our modern transportation landscape.

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