The first phase clearway traffic management restriction system around the Suva area has been initiated.
The Fiji Roads Authority says Stage 1 for the clearways is the McGregor – Bau – Rewa Street route.
The peak periods for clearway restrictions are from 6:30am to 9:30am and then from 4pm to 6.30pm.
CEO, Jonathan Moore says this restriction will prevent all vehicles (except buses at designated bus bays) from stopping, picking up, dropping off and parking during peak traffic periods in both directions.
Moore says the FRA will be working with schools along these routes to designate specific drop off/pick up zones. They will be marking the clearways with a dashed yellow line, in addition to sign posts and it will be illegal to drop off and pick up passengers when the vehicle is stopped at traffic lights or in stationary traffic.
Moore says if the restrictions are not adhered to, a fine will be issued to the driver of the vehicle.
He says clearways are also tow away zones, hence any vehicle parked in a clearway will be towed and a fine will be issued.
Meanwhile, LTA had earlier said that they will be patrolling the Urban Clearways in unmarked vehicles to ensure that the regulations are being complied with.
LTA says the potential consequences of ignoring or breaching the Urban Clearway Regulations are, Traffic Infringement Notices issued, Vehicle Impounding where an obstruction is caused and Towing Charges – an obstructing vehicle will be towed away and you will be liable for the costs.