Twenty-eight Fijian lives have been lost on our roads so far this year and the Accident Compensation Commission Fiji (ACCF) expects an increase in the number of applicants for compensation.
Speaking at the second ACCF compensation payout yesterday commission chief executive officer Parvez Akbar said 28 lives were way too many.
The ACCF have received six death compensation applications so far and three are yet to be handed.
Mr Akbar said compensations would be processed once all remaining relevant information were received.
“We can never overemphasise the importance of road safety. Road safety is not a matter for Government, the Land Transport Authority, Fiji Police Force or ACCF, but we should all take responsibility,” Mr Akbar said.
He said 47 applications have been lodged with the commission this year regarding personal injuries and these were in the process of being finalised upon the completion of medical assessments.
Mr Akbar said the events of handing out the compensations to recipients of those who lost their loved ones also carried mixed emotions.
“Thanks to the introduction of the Accident Compensation Act 2017, which came into force at the start of this year, the Government is now in a position to compensate for the loss of these lives in a timely manner,” he said.
“It is important for people to aspire to live in a society where they do not lose loved ones to an accident.”
Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the presentation of the ACCF first compensation event was a way to create awareness.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Government wanted more Fijians to be aware that there was a compensation scheme in place.
He said for decades Fijians lost their cases in court.
“With the compensation families could get back on their feet,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.