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LTA Puts In New Licensing System

The Land Transport Authority (LTA), has put in place strict systems to monitor driver behaviour. The overall aim is to ensure that licences are not issued indiscriminately. This was revealed
12 Jun 2015 08:51
LTA Puts In New Licensing System
Strong warning on traffic infringements has been issued.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA), has put in place strict systems to monitor driver behaviour.

The overall aim is to ensure that licences are not issued indiscriminately.

This was revealed by LTA chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva yesterday.

“We have a lot of internal issues that we need to fix up in terms of improving driver behaviour,” Mr Tuinaceva said.

“What we are doing right now is looking into the process of accepting those who come to apply for licenses especially those applying for public service vehicles (PSV) groups three, four and five licences.”

He said the procedure in place now allowed applicants to get licenses or go to the next level very easily.

“We found that even at the learner’s permit stage, drivers have become habitual offenders and because of our system, we are allowing these drivers to go to the next level easily,” he said.

Mr Tuinaceva said once an applicant got a Police clearance the application was processed and the person was allowed to go for tests.

“But because of this behavioural problem we are now checking on the history of the applicants.

“For habitual road offenders their application for licences, especially a PSV licence, will be refused.

“We are doing this because we see that those very people who are entrusted with the responsibility for the lives of the public are the most dangerous drivers on the roads,” Mr Tuinaceva said.

He said the new system would be a different one altogether; it would ensure that those with a learner’s permit will only proceed to the next level if they fully qualiied with the criteria; having a clean driving record.

“It will now be a matter of the past,”

“We feel that many of the fatal accidents were due to these behavioural problems,” Mr Tuinaceva said.

To date 65 PSV drivers been deregistered by LTA and would undergo a short course because of constant driver behavioural problems.

“They don’t obey instructions on playing music and have bus boys sitting on the engine compartment as DJ boys,” Mr. Tuinaceva said.

Meanwhile, Police director traffic Senior Superintendent of Police Mahesh Mishra said they had recorded more than 20,000 traffic infringements on speeding.

“When you talk about road fatalities and serious accidents, there are a lot of associating factors and one of the things we have investigated is the driver attitude when he fails to adhere to road rules,” SSP Mishra said.

ana.sovaraki@fijisun.com.fj

 




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