Peo­ple Need to Speak Up, Says Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity

1347 SMS com­plaints lodged since text plat­form launch last Au­gust

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - SHA­HANI MALA Feed­back: sha­hani.mala@fi­ Edited by Manasa Kalouniv­iti

Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity ( LTA) is en­cour­ag­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to speak up against dan­ger­ous and reck­less driv­ers on our roads.

LTA chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Naisa Tuinaceva has en­cour­aged mem­bers of the pu­bic to text their com­plaints to 582. Mean­while, since the in­tro­duc­tion of its SMS com­plaints plat­form last Au­gust, the LTA has seen il­le­gal taxi op­er­a­tions top­ping the list of traf­fic of­fences.

A to­tal of 1347 il­le­gal taxi op­er­a­tion com­plaints were lodged, with Oc­to­ber record­ing the highest with 289 com­plaints. Dan­ger­ous driv­ing was the sec­ond highest traf­fic of­fence with 545 com­plaints lodged since Au­gust. Mr Tuinaceva said they had booked many driv­ers for over­speed­ing dur­ing the Easter break so far. He said some driv­ers be­haved as they liked and drove their ve­hi­cles any­how on the roads. “Pedes­tri­ans must also learn to be re­spon­si­ble on the roads and must not cross the roads any­how any­where. “I am once again plead­ing with mem­bers of the pub­lic to be very re­spon­si­ble on the roads,” he said. Mem­bers of the pub­lic are en­cour- aged to text com­plaints re­gard­ing LTA ser­vice, LTA of­fi­cers’ be­hav­iour, de­fec­tive ve­hi­cles, bad driv­ing, bad driver be­hav­iour, and driv­ers us­ing mo­bile phones, jump­ing the red light, drunk and driv­ing, over­tak­ing in dou­ble lines or any other traf­fic of­fences they en­counter.

Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Naisa Tuinaceva in ac­tion.

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