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Uproar Over Speeding

Stakeholders yesterday denounced the deplorable driving standard and the blatant disregard of traffic rules that led to the death of three people last Sunday. Concerns were raised by the Fiji
21 Apr 2015 10:53
Uproar Over Speeding

Stakeholders yesterday denounced the deplorable driving standard and the blatant disregard of traffic rules that led to the death of three people last Sunday.

Concerns were raised by the Fiji Taxi Association, Carriers and Van Operators Association, Police and Land Transport Authority.

“It’s a big loss to the family and I sympathise with them but when you give your children that privilege without any supervision you are digging their graves for them,” said Fiji Taxi Association General Secretary Rishi Ram.

He said that despite young drivers needed to have patience when on the roads.

“At the end o f the day it all boils down to the driver’s attitude,” he said.

FVCOA general secretary Mohammed Jibarel Khan echoed similar sentiments in terms of drivers avoiding unnecessary distractions.

“I’d like to stress to drivers that any little distraction such as mobile phones can cause accidents and if something appears in front of you, of course you will be caught off guard,” he said.

“Obeying road rules and sticking to the speed limit will also make LTA and Police job easier in lessening road fatality cases,” he said.

Director Traffic Senior Superintendent Mahesh Mishra said: “Drivers need to respect the road rules and also they must understand that the license they are holding is governed by a law that states that they should remain within the ambit of the law and we are doing all our best as we cannot be in two places at once.”

He said the Police would continue to hold read checks to crack down on over speeding cases.

“When people break road rules they are putting someone’s life at risk, road safety is everyone’s responsibility regardless if you are a pedestrian or a driver,” he said.

“We are doing our road operations, it’s unfortunate that those three fatalities had to happen but all would have been avoided if they would have acted responsibly.”

He said that the core areas which drivers faltered in were over-speeding, drinking and driving and fatigue.

Mr Mishra said the required speed limit needed to be followed strictly by drivers as the attitude of drivers on the road was also a growing concern

Land Transport Authority spokesperson Iliesa Sokia said that LTA was looking at maintaining high standards as per regulations and compliance procedures.

“If any vehicle or buses is brought and does not meet our standard, a defect order is issued and demand to fix it before a certificate of fitness is issued,” he said.

“No certificate of fitness or road worthiness certificate is issued to any bus if they do not meet the compliance and standard procedures at LTA.”

Mr Sokia said LTA would continue to do thorough fitness checks.

“Current fitness test is being carried out by our state of the art Automated Vehicle Inspection Machine. It even breaks it down to other tests such as smoke tests, brake test, light test and other critical safety features.

He said that the fitness is strictly done by the machine and there is no negotiation with the vehicle owner.

Meanwhile, Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said 18 lives had been lost on our roads this year and of this figure nine of the accidents were a result of speeding.

“The fatal in the East is believed to be a result of driver fatigue, we are pleading with drivers to ensure they get enough rest because as service providers they have the safety of their passengers in their hands,” she said.

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