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LTA: Laws There To Ensure Safety Of All Road Users

Land Transport Authority chief executive Carmine Piantedosi says laws are in place to ensure the safety of all road users. He was responding to a concern by the Fiji Driving
26 Jul 2017 11:00
LTA: Laws There To Ensure Safety Of All Road Users
Land Transport Authority

Land Transport Authority chief executive Carmine Piantedosi says laws are in place to ensure the safety of all road users.

He was responding to a concern by the Fiji Driving School Association that too many processes had significantly raised the cost of obtaining a driving licence.

The LTA and Association officials met in Suva yesterday to discuss concerns raised by driving schools.

Some of the issues were related to cost of driving school fees on contract and hourly basis, the drivers’ knowledge of the testing system, testing stations, the Driver Instructor Permit (DIP) investigations and other issues highlighted by various driving schools.

Association president Rajesh Narayan called on LTA to relook at the second verification process for driving test results.

“This is an assessment by the regional managers to verify driving test results conducted by driving examiners.

“The second assessment was a board directive since August last year.

“We also requested LTA to relook at the process of compulsory defensive driving certificate for provisional drivers.

“We feel that a learner in Fiji has too many processes to go through. When new procedures comes in force, the old requirements still exist.

“We strongly feel that the law should be that before obtaining a full licence, the client must undergo  the defensive driving course then they can get a full licence,” Mr Narayan said.

Mr Piantedosi said: “With defensive driving classes, learners learn to improve their driving skills by reducing their driving risks.

“Defensive driving is essentially driving in a manner that utilises safe driving tactics to enable drivers to address identified dangers in a predictable manner.

“These approaches go well beyond instruction on basic traffic laws and procedures.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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