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Careless Driver Jailed, 8 Suspended

The Taveuni Magistrates Court has become the first court in Fiji to hand a man a 30-day jail sentence for committing two traffic offences contrary to the terms and condition
18 Apr 2015 10:17
Careless Driver Jailed, 8 Suspended
In the action. LTA CEO Naisa Tuinaceva

The Taveuni Magistrates Court has become the first court in Fiji to hand a man a 30-day jail sentence for committing two traffic offences contrary to the terms and condition of his driving licence and Public Service Vehicle [PSV] Regulation.

This follows the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) effort in catching reckless drivers and disciplining those breaching road rules.

In a landmark decision on Thursday, Magistrate Wallen George sentenced Sundeep Suvneel Bhan, 30, of Taveuni after he failed to pay his fine of $700. Bhan was charged for two counts – first count for careless driving and second count for illegally operating a private vehicle for public service operation.

The court found him guilty on both offences and was ordered to pay, however the court head that Bhan was not able to pay the fine hence the imprisonment.

He will serve his sentence for both offences concurrently.

LTA prosecution officer Neal Eyre said; “This should be a deterrent to illegal operators, not only in Taveuni, but to all illegal operators around the country.”

A bench warrant was also issued on Thursday for a Taveuni man who failed to appear in court yesterday to answer to traffic infringement charges. Meanwhile, in Viti Levu, eight drivers had their Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence suspended by the LTA this week.

Their suspensions vary from three to eight months because of improper conducts while driving.

Suspended are six bus drivers and two taxi drivers. LTA chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva said their licences were suspended following a show cause they conducted on Wednesday.

“We want to end this type of bad behaviour from PSV drivers. They are just too arrogant, rude, impolite and unprofessional and their customer service approach is pathetic, we expect them to behave appropriately at all times,” Mr Tuinaceva said.

He said the drivers were suspended because of continuous violation of undue noise regulation on buses by playing loud music, use of non-conforming lights and allowing bus conductors to sit at engine compartment which is not a seating position approved or authorised by the LTA.

Meanwhile, three more PSV drivers have also received their final warning and were bound not to re-offend.

 

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