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Nath Highlights Safe Driving Standards

Vijay Nath has stressed to driving schools and instructors the importance of their role in teaching drivers about safe driving. The Assistant Minister for Transport and Infrastructure and Transport said
24 Jun 2018 11:57
Nath Highlights Safe Driving Standards
Vijay Kumar of Go Drive Driving School seeks clarification on an issue during the Fiji Driving School Association Annual General Meeting in Suva on June 23, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News

Vijay Nath has stressed to driving schools and instructors the importance of their role in teaching drivers about safe driving.

The Assistant Minister for Transport and Infrastructure and Transport said the development of safe drivers was essential and very important for our roads.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure & Transport, Vijay Nath speaking at the Fiji Driving School Association Annual General Meeting in Suva on June 23, 2018.  Photo: DEPTFO News

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure & Transport, Vijay Nath speaking at the Fiji Driving School Association Annual General Meeting in Suva on June 23, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News

He was addressing the 2018 Fiji Driving School Association Annual General Meeting in Suva yesterday.

He said it was unfortunate to note that a report released by the Fiji Police Force last month revealed that 70 lives were lost on our roads last year. He said this was the highest number of road deaths recorded in almost over a decade.

“Based on these statistics, speeding continues to be an area of concern despite repeated calls to adhere to the national speed limits,” Mr Nath said.

“The Transport Sector plays a vital role in any economy. It provides access, connects businesses and more importantly moves people. If well managed, it is the life blood in the growth of many successful countries.

“As an engine for economic growth, ladies and gentlemen, Fiji’s transport sector contributed about 12 per cent towards our Gross Domestic Product.  It has been a vital contributor to Fiji’s successful economic growth over the years.

“According to the results of our National Census conducted last year, Fiji’s total population stands at 884,887 compared to 837,271 in the 2007 census. This is an increase of 47,616 or 5.7 per cent.

“Statistics from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) indicate that motor vehicle registrations have grown significantly in Fiji over the last few years with an average growth of 9 per cent from 2015 to 2016.

“The total number of registered vehicles in Fiji as at December 2016 was 110,763, a ratio of approximately 1 vehicle to every 8 persons. In terms of vehicles under distribution 72 per cent consisting of private vehicles, followed by 16 per cent of commercial vehicles and 10 per cent public service vehicles. However, in terms of vehicle per kilometre in Fiji, we are looking at approximately 15 vehicles per kilometre. This is not much in comparison to international standards.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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