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Reforms for bus driver eligibility criteria,seek qualified drivers

Reforms for bus driver eligibility criteria,seek qualified drivers
Land Transport Authority
October 07
11:00 2017

The new amendment seeks to bring down  the eligibilty age  from 21 years to 18 years.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) have announced amendments to the Land Transport (Driver) Regulations 2000 to streamline the eligibility process for drivers seeking to apply for a bus driver’s licence.

Previously, to acquire a bus driver’s licence (Class 5 license), drivers had to hold a taxi, carrier or mini-bus, or large vehicle licence for over a year before they were eligible to apply for a bus driver’s licence.

The amendments to the regulation remove this eligibility requirement, as the requirement was determined to be unduly prescriptive and irrelevant in screening for successful applicants.

The age of eligibility has also been brought down to 18 years from 21 years.

LTA general manager Legal, Policy and Business Development Navilesh Chand, emphasised that all applicants would still undergo the same rigorous testing system currently in place to acquire a bus driver’s licence.

He explained that the amended regulation was designed to simplify overly complex and unnecessary eligibility criteria.

“This amended regulation will not affect public safety, as all potential bus driver’s will be required to display the same level of knowledge and skills to pass the demanding Class 5 Licence test.

What we have done is allow the Government to cast a wider net to attract more qualified drivers, allowing more Fijians who have the proper skill set to pursue a career as a bus driver,” he said.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Praveen Bala welcomed the amended regulations as a positive step towards meeting an increasing demand for qualified bus drivers nationwide.

“Under the new e-Transport system, public transit is becoming more efficient and more transparent, and by the end of the day, we are seeing an increased demand for qualified bus drivers.

To help meet this new demand, we are encouraging bus operators to raise the salaries of their drivers in recognition of the demands of the market and to attract more Fijians into the profession.

Government is doing its part as well, by making it easier to identify and hire qualified drivers by streamlining an unnecessarily-prohibitive application process,”

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