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Drive with care

Written By : KERESI NAUWAKARAWA. Suva minibus permit-holders were summoned to an emergency meeting at the Nabua Police Station on Tuesday. The meeting was called by the Land Transport Authority
08 Apr 2011 12:00

Written By : KERESI NAUWAKARAWA. Suva minibus permit-holders were summoned to an emergency meeting at the Nabua Police Station on Tuesday.
The meeting was called by the Land Transport Authority and Fiji Police Force where they were told that they must meet all requirements concerning safe driving.
The minibus permit holders were made aware of their responsibilities, especially when they were licensed by LTA. Their drivers should have a good knowledge of all routes to ensure that they exercise caution and adhere to the traffic rules at all times.
Police director of traffic, Senior Suprintendent of Police, Mahesh Mishra said as permit-holders, they must ensure all drivers employed by them practiced safe driving procedures to avoid accidents.
SSP Mishra made the comments to discuss the issue of careless driving among minibus drivers.
“Our concern is mainly for the safety of innocent road users. We see minibus drivers overtaking wherever and whenever they want, even on blind corners, over humps and even on pedestrian crossings,” he said.
“This is a bad reflection even when tourists come to Fiji and they see these unsafe drivers on our roads.
“Most times when cars end up in ditches, the drivers would say that they had to swerve off the road to avoid a head-on collision with an overtaking minibuses.
“It is the job of the permit-holder to ensure that all drivers they employ are safe on the road,” Mr Mishra said.
LTA’s chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva said they would be stringent on reckless drivers.
“The LTA will practice a zero-tolerance policy towards these drivers. Once we see that they are repeating offenders we will revoke their driving licences,” he said.
LTA media spokeswoman Dorine Narayan stressed the importance of the meeting, which contributes significantly to strengthening communication between the transport industry.
“Particularly with the public service vehicles, which are the focus of Government who are keen on developing the transport industry effectively to contribute the enhancement of activities that will lead to the development of a working system in particular,” she said.


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