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Graft Claims Worry Driving School Group

The Fiji Driving School Association is concerned about claims of corrupt practices in obtaining a driving licences by some local driving schools. This was one of the issues raised at
21 Aug 2016 07:28
Graft Claims Worry Driving School Group
Fiji Driving School association executive members (from left) Salesh Prakash (Secretary), Rajesh Narayan (National President) and Ajesh Kumar (executive member) during their special meeting in Suva yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

The Fiji Driving School Association is concerned about claims of corrupt practices in obtaining a driving licences by some local driving schools.

This was one of the issues raised at the association’s special meeting at Rishikul Sanatan College in Valelevu, Nasinu, yesterday.

The concern comes after the Fiji Sun had highlighted alleged corrupt practices through findings of a random survey of some driving schools and an interview with an LTA examiner.

The Land Transport Authority has referred the matter to the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) which is currently handling the investigations.

Association national president Rajesh Narayan said they were also trying to brief their central members on what the new changes that has been introduced to curb such problems.

“We as a stakeholder to LTA we are equally concerned, that these things are happening around us that the association is not aware of,” he said.

Mr Narayan said they were willing to work with LTA and were coming up with recommendations in improving driving services in Fiji.

“We are concerned that these things are happening, and the only way we can do this is collectively get ideas where we can refer to the authorities with recommendations where it will lead to improvement,” he said.

Mr Narayan said as far as the media reports were concerned, they were not aware of such practices and could not confirm it was happening.

He said that they had not received any reports or complaints of this nature by the association.

“We cannot confirm if this is happening or not happening but this is a media report and we have to take it seriously,” he said.

“It was reported and we can’t just say whether it happened or not.”

Mr Narayan said he would have a meeting with the association’s Western members to collectively take their views to LTA and relevant authorities

“That is what are some of the things we can help to curb this problem. We at the association level, we are also really concerned and also here to improve the driving services in Fiji,” he said.

Mr Narayan said they regularly conducted internal trainings and workshops to improve their service system.

LTA Board chairman Vijay Maharaj has welcomed the stand taken by the association in curbing such problems here.

“We are now trying to put stringent matters to stamp out this alleged corruption,” Mr Maharaj said.

Mr Narayan said if any of the members were found guilty of illegal of such practices, the association would either terminate or counsel them.

“My message is if somebody is doing this, it is illegal this practice is illegal. My advice to anyone is please do your business faithfully,” he said.

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