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Red, blue lights, sirens being abused: Assistant Minister

Red, blue lights, sirens being abused: Assistant Minister
February 17
11:00 2017

Abuse of the red and blue lights and sirens by some vehicle drivers around the country is becoming a serious concern, says Alex O’Connor.

The Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services brought the issue to light after the National Roads Safety Council made submissions before the Public Accounts Committee at Parliament yesterday.

Mr O’Connor asked who was it that gave approval for the installment of red and blue alerting flashers on the windscreen of Government vehicles.

He said only a few bodies in the country could drive at an excessive speed outside the law, because of emergencies like ambulances, fire trucks and the President’s official vehicle.

Land Transport Authority (LTA), manager enforcement, Deo Reddy, responded they had written a directive to all permanent secretaries for Government ministries regarding the issue.

However, he said permanent secretaries had written to the LTA seeking approval with genuine reasons.

Mr O’Connor said even ambulances are seen abusing this privilege.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj

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