New ‘special’ bus bay

Lautoka Residents and Ratepayers Association executive Allen Lockington assists a student with special needs board a bus at the newly launched bus bay at the Lautoka Bus Stand yesterday. Looking on is Lautoka City Council CEO Mohammed Anees Khan (second from left) and other stakeholders. Picture: SUPPLIED

People with special needs have something new and exciting to look forward to after the launch of a new bus bay at the Lautoka Bus Stand yesterday.

The milestone event, attended by students of the Lautoka School for Special Education and Lautoka Sunshine Special School means they will no longer have to wait in long lines just to get on public transport.

Head of the Lautoka School for Special Education, Kailash Pillay, said the initiative was a great way to remove discrimination barriers surrounding people with special needs.

“We need to create more awareness in society. The respect our children get in school should also be given to people with special needs in our society,” Mr Pillay said.

“If there is a special bus bay, these people with special needs will be given recognition and I salute the Lautoka City Council CEO for adhering to our request.”

Lautoka City Council CEO Mohammed Anees Khan said the council chose a place where people with special needs could be accommodated without any disturbances.

“The area will always be free whenever they need it because in the morning and in the afternoon the other bus bays are very busy. We urge the market users and road users to be mindful of the needs of these children, we need to make sure of their safety when they’re boarding and getting off the buses,” he said.

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