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EDITORIAL: LTA Steps Up Efforts In Its Quest To Improve Services

EDITORIAL: LTA Steps Up Efforts In Its Quest To  Improve Services
January 06
15:21 2018

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is stepping up its efforts to ensure accountability and transparency across its operations.

Its main objective is to operate as a successful commercial business and uphold Government policy on deregulation.

The LTA that we know today was established under the Land Transport Act 1998 under section 6(2) “A body corporate”.

The six LTA Regulation 2000 came into effect on 10th July 2000.

The authority was created to improve financial management and operation efficiency through effective management systems and improved incentives for human resources.

LTA combined the operations of the Transport Control Board (TCB), Central Traffic Authority (CTA) and Principal Licensing Authority (PLA) under the administrative arm of the Department of Road Transport to be a commercially oriented entity with strict accountability guidelines.

But over the years, the authority tasked to provide a safe and efficient land transport system for Fijians, has been inundated with claims of corruption, favoritism and bribery to name a few.

The dismissal of its former chief executive officer late last year did not help.

But the LTA Board is determined to put in place regulations and systems to address gaps that may encourage exploitation from either employees or customers.

One such method is the newly introduced barrel draw to select new taxi permit holders.

With the uplifting of the taxi permit freeze on January 1st this year, the authority will conduct a similar process carried out by the Fijian Elections Office before the 2014 General Elections. Numbers will be drawn from a barrel and permits assigned to those selected.

The LTA Board members know they cannot do it alone. In its quest to improve services to all Fijians, the authority is working with industry stakeholders and the general public.

Only then will they be able to provide a safe, efficient, customer focused, economical, sustainable and environmentally friendly land transport system.

With sincere support from all stakeholders, the LTA will steer Fiji back to safety.


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