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Tuinaceva: LTA, System Also To Be Blamed

The Land Transport Authority board is looking at making submissions to increase fines and penalties for serious traffic infringements which has proved to be a deterrent in overseas countries leading
18 Feb 2016 12:44
Tuinaceva: LTA, System  Also To Be Blamed

The Land Transport Authority board is looking at making submissions to increase fines and penalties for serious traffic infringements which has proved to be a deterrent in overseas countries leading to decrease in road fatalities.

LTA chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva said previously, when LTA officers manually renewed licences, under-the-table deals allowed people to get their licences renewed despite having hundreds of traffic infringements.

He said these LTA officers were also responsible for the increased road fatalities on our roads.

LTA has implemented a new computer system which flags the licences on which 15 traffic infringements have been cited.

Mr Tuinaceva said now renewal of licences will not be as easy for habitual offenders who drive on our roads.

“In the past, because of the scams, the under-the- table deals and the corruption, these licences continued to be renewed when they were not supposed to be,” Mr Tuinaceva said.

“When somebody has had so many infringements, they are not solely to be blamed; the system and LTA are also to be blamed for it is allowing this to happen. People with up to 300 infringements still had their licences renewed.”

This will soon be a thing of the past.

“Now, once you have 15 traffic violations noted on your licence, the system flags your licence and it will not be allowed for renewal and it has to go to the manager’s level and even up to my office for a decision.

“We will be able to stop people at a very early stage and their traffic infringement levels will never reach up to previous high levels again”.

On LTA officers accepting bribes to renew licences he said: “Many have been terminated and disciplined for it.”

On fines, Mr Tuinaceva said: “Most of these offenders easily walk away because they are not disturbed by the penalty given to them. They know they can easily pay the fines and get their licences renewed.

“We are hoping that an increase in fines will be a deterrent in Fiji. It has proved successful worldwide and it will surely happen in Fiji. The LTA board is already looking into it and we are looking at making submissions to review and increase fines. It has worked everywhere else and it will work in Fiji.”

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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