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LTA Boss Sets Focus on Priorities

Newly-appointed LTA expa­triate chief executive officer Samuel Simpson says road safety, traffic congestion and cus­tomer service will be his priority areas in the coming months. He made the remarks during
12 Jan 2019 11:00
LTA Boss Sets Focus on Priorities
Land Transport Authority Board chairman Vijay Maharaj (left), announces the appointment of Samuel Simpson (second from left) as LTA’s chief executive officer. Photo: LTA

Newly-appointed LTA expa­triate chief executive officer Samuel Simpson says road safety, traffic congestion and cus­tomer service will be his priority areas in the coming months.

He made the remarks during his first media appearance yesterday at the LTA headquarters at Valelevu, Nasinu.

“It is a pleasure to be here and and I am certain that I can bring to the position experience, skill, determi­nation and a leadership vision to improve the lives of Fiji citizens through the activities of LTA,” Mr Simpson said.

“I want LTA to be very customer focused and I want us to concen­trate on road safety.”

Mr Simpson said he looked for­ward to working with the LTA team to continuously improve customer service and develop communica­tion programmes and information campaigns in the realm of road safety. He said speeding was a ma­jor cause of road traffic accidents and he aimed to tackle that.

“In relation to road safety, one of the things we can do is use more in­novative camera enforcement,” Mr Simpson said.

“We already have camera enforce­ment, but there are other methods that we can apply using speed cam­eras and red light detection cam­eras.”

Traffic congestion is another area of concern identified by Mr Simp­son since his arrival in the country.

“One of the things I have noticed in the short time I have been in Suva is the amount of traffic con­gestion in areas in the centre of town,” he said.

“We need to free up the streets of Suva for commercial activity to take place without having to sit in traffic for 20-25 minutes just to get through a junction.

“We will work strenuously with the Fiji Roads Authority to identify traffic black spots or where traffic congestion occurs on a regular ba­sis.”

Mr Simpson has more than 32 years of experience in the trans­port industry, including nearly 25 years of experience at general manager and director level. He also managed large bus operations in England.

He worked previously for Bus Eireann in Ireland and in the Mid­dle East and was responsible for Serco’s Bus Operations in Asia, Middle East and America.

He was named UK Bus Manager of the year by leading Trade Publi­cation Route One.

An engineer by training Mr Simp­son’s seminal PhD work was com­mercially published in 2008.

LTA Board chairman Vijay Maha­raj said Mr Simpson’s wealth of ex­perience in the transport industry would greatly assist LTA in terms of capacity building and human re­source development and will boost LTA’s operations.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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