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Illegal Operations A Concern

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has deregistered vehicles and suspended driver licences in the Western Division as a result of illegally operating as public service vehicles. This was revealed at
13 Apr 2015 23:13
Illegal Operations A Concern

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has deregistered vehicles and suspended driver licences in the Western Division as a result of illegally operating as public service vehicles.
This was revealed at the Fiji Taxi Association Annual General Meeting at the Fun World Hall on the Nadi Back Road yesterday.
LTA Regional Manager Western Alfred Wiliame Jnr told the meeting that between January and March the authority, in conjunction with the Fiji Police, conducted five operations targeting illegal services.
Six vehicles were deregistered in January and another six in March while 11 driver licences were suspended.
“We are continuously conducting joint operations with the councils and police. There are continuous meetings with stakeholders. There are processes in place for the legislative review in terms of the Land Transport Authority Act,” he said.
The LTA also wants to continue working with the taxi association for a better future.
“Partnership has to be effective in terms of moving forward and also take ownership of your permits,” Mr Wiliame said.
“The LTA has embarked on the driver education programmes. We have started this programme with the bus industry.
“We have officers going out to the bus companies and having those discussions on awareness, informing them of the driver education programme,” Mr Wiliame said
The authority encourages taxi drivers to have this type of driver education programmes.
In the meantime, the LTA plans to step up its monitoring of illegal operations and illegal taxi bases around the country.
LTA Chief Executive Officer Naisa Tuinaceva says the association needs to be patient because processes take time
“We need to eradicate all illegal operations and the taxi drivers need to be consistent to their services to close any gaps that allow illegal operations to take place,” he said.
Meanwhile, Fiji Police Force Deputy Director Traffic Control SP Richard Raju is thankful to stakeholders for their efforts to eradicate illegal operations.
The LTA confirmed that 90,000 vehicles were registered in Fiji to date, out of which close to 11,000 are public service vehicles. Out of the 11,000 PSVs, 6900 are taxis while 1500 are hire vehicles.

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