Five un­der­age driv­ers have been ac­tive

Four cases are recorded in Suva and one in Nadi

Fiji Sun - - Nation - SHA­HANI MALA SUVA Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika Feed­back: sha­hani.mala@fi­jisun.com.fj

Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity (LTA) has recorded five cases of un­der­age chil­dren driv­ing on our roads. Out of the five cases, four cases are recorded in Suva and one in Nadi. LTA chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Naisa Tuinaceva said: “The age group of th­ese un­der­age chil­dren driv­ing ranged be­tween 12 to 15 years. “We are re­ally con­cerned about the in­ci­dent where a 13-year-old boy was al­legedly driv­ing to the shop when the car hit an­other ve­hi­cle at Vo­tua Street, Sam­ab­ula in Suva last week­end,” he said. Mr Tuinaceva said some months ago LTA brought un­der­age chil­dren driv­ing is­sue in the me­dia and they ap­pealed to par­ents to play their part by be­ing re­spon­si­ble and en­sure that their chil­dren’s where­abouts on the road, were mon­i­tored. “We have voiced our con­cern be­cause we know th­ese chil­dren don’t just come and drive like that, they have been trained and as­sisted by their par­ents and that’s why they know how to drive,” Mr Tuinaceva said. “There are par­ents who are do­ing this and it’s wrong. This shows that some par­ents are ir­re­spon­si­ble,” he said. Mr Tuinaceva said the LTA sup­ported what Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho had said ear­lier that this was a se­ri­ous mat­ter in­volv­ing parental re­spon­si­bil­ity. “We be­lieve there are more sim­i­lar un­re­ported cases,” he said. Mr Tuinaceva said in the case of the five un­der­age chil­dren driv­ing, the LTA had called their par­ents and have spo­ken to them and par­ents from the Nadi in­ci­dent were deny­ing, try­ing to cover up. “We know there are some peo­ple who are hid­ing th­ese is­sues but they need to speak up,” he said.

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