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Car club seeks LTA guideline

By MAIKELI SERU An executive of the Fiji Car Club has asked the Land Transport Authority (LTA) for some sort of guideline on high performance vehicles so that its members
11 Oct 2012 08:46

Some of the performance vehicles at Land Transport Authority impounding lot after Police impounded them last Sunday night. Photo: RONALD KUMAR

By MAIKELI SERU

An executive of the Fiji Car Club has asked the Land Transport Authority (LTA) for some sort of guideline on high performance vehicles so that its members are not hassled unnecessarily.
The official, who asked not to be named ecause of the position he holds, made the comment after nine sports cars were seized and impounded by Police.
He said the vehicles were parked along the seawall on Queen Elizabeth Drive while the drivers chatted, when Police officers arrived asking that they take their vehicles to the Totogo Police Station.
“Apparently, Police had received a report of cars racing in the area, but it was two guys unknown to us, who later left before Police arrived,” the official said.
“We gave their registration numbers to Police, but there has been nothing done about them.”
The official alleged that their car keys were taken from them at Totogo and the vehicles locked up on Sunday night.
They arrived early on Monday only to be told that LTA officials would check the vehicles. The vehicle owners were later escorted to the LTA’s Nasinu office for checks on the cars.
“At LTA the story changed from street racing to illegal vehicle modifications. We were given a defect order, citing illegal modifications,” the official said.
“We tried to explain to LTA officials that the vehicles were not modified and came from the factory in that condition.
LTA spokesperson Alfred Williame said it was initially a Police operation but the LTA staff were asked to check the vehicles for modifications.
“As far as LTA is concerned we were asked to check on vehicles after they were seized by Police,” he said.
“LTA believes such modifications were made after vehicles passed the fitness test.”
Police spokesperson Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said Police mounted an operation on Sunday after a series of complaints from residents about noisy vehicles.




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