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ANALYSIS: Removing Bumps On The LTA Road

Expect more changes in the entire transport industry in the coming days. This follows the announcement by Transport Minister Parveen Kumar regarding the changing of the Land Transport Authority board.
08 Jul 2015 14:03
ANALYSIS: Removing Bumps On The LTA Road
More changes in LTA shake up.

Expect more changes in the entire transport industry in the coming days.

This follows the announcement by Transport Minister Parveen Kumar regarding the changing of the Land Transport Authority board.

Here’s five top changes set to transform the face of our transport industry:

  • A new board expected to be named today. The new board members will have a lot riding on them. With policy changes also expected, the new board will be looked upon to ensure mistakes of the past are not repeated.

Some of the issues that had been highlighted where the previous board failed included sending in their proxies to make decisions on permits. This, sadly, was not very legal.

  • Open bases for taxis. There has been a lot of confusion among certain operators on what really the open base system means.

Some who have ulterior motives have been vocal about how open base system would be bad for Fiji. Needless to say, there have been some very confused people sitting as executives of the Fiji Taxi Association.

In their confusion, they fail to realise that open base system does not apply to bases on private properties. Hopefully, once this is made clear people would be focused on the pros of this.

  • Taxi permits to be given on needs based. This means that taxis will not necessarily be given to owners of supermarkets or companies that provide taxi services.

Rather, those who need these permits to earn a living will be given priority. This will greatly assist those Fijians who for various reasons have not been able to work. This will have a trickledown effect on the economy as well.

  • Demerit points on licences to be decided by courts and not by the Land Transport Authority. A lot of people had complained during the consultation period that despite being fined by the LTA, they had also received demerit points on their licences. This meant that for the same offence they were penalised twice.
  • For LTA Board to sit, a notice is to be put in newspapers well in advance so that people are aware of it. Often when people needed to meet up with the Board they were given a runaround and excuses.

The publishing of a notice will ensure that more people will be aware of when and where the Board is sitting and how they can raise their grievances with them, without the hassle.

This report speaks out on what many Fijians had been complaining about. Extensive consultation had been undertaken by teams led by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. With the implementation of their recommendations, the road forward for the land transport industry will be a lot smoother.

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