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‘PSV Drivers Must Serve Public’

Public Service Vehicle drivers are servants of the public and must act accordingly says Land Transport Authority chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva. He made the comment when asked by Fiji
28 Oct 2014 12:12
‘PSV Drivers Must Serve Public’

Public Service Vehicle drivers are servants of the public and must act accordingly says Land Transport Authority chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva.

He made the comment when asked by Fiji Sun about the numerous complaints on driver attitudes and behaviour made recently by members of the public.

These complaints included:

– PSV drivers smoking while driving;

– playing loud and inappropriate music;

– reckless driving; and

– talking on mobile phones while driving.

“One thing these drivers should remember is that they are servants to the public; they are here to serve and in fact, no one asked them to become PSV drivers. “They came here to apply for their licences and after receiving these they started developing the perception that the public is dependent on them,” Mr Tuinaceva said.

He said PSV drivers were given copies of the ‘code of conduct’ and they were expected to follow these.

“The code of conduct is what they are tested on; they are aware of what they are not supposed to do but some of these drivers think when the relevant authorities are not on the roads monitoring they can break the rules which is wrong and illegal,” Mr Tuinaceva said.

He said once a driver is caught or a complaint was received about him or her action would be taken.

“We urge members of the public to register their complaints with us; once we receive them the person involved will be taken to task or his licence will be taken away permanently,” Mr Tuinaceva said.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Buses Operators Association (FBOA) has refused to comment on the issue.

General secretary of the association Rohit Latchan said it was inappropriate for the association to comment on the issue and that LTA would be the right authority to comment since they deal with complaints regarding PSV drivers.

Feedback:  ana.sovaraki@fijisun.com.fj

 




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