Li­cence given to un­trained driv­ers is li­cence to kill on our Fi­jian roads

IT’S TIME TO ROOT OUT AL­LEGED COR­RUPT PRAC­TICES FROM OUR ROAD TRANSPORT IN­DUS­TRY If the al­leged cor­rupt prac­tices of giv­ing li­cence to un­qual­i­fied driv­ers have ex­isted for a long time, imag­ine the num­ber of un­trained driv­ers who have driven on our roads o

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Ali­cence that puts un­qual­i­fied driv­ers on our roads is a li­cence to kill. That’s what it means when a dis­hon­est driving in­struc­tor works in col­lu­sion with a cor­rupt Land Transport Author­ity em­ployee to give a li­cence to a per­son who has not re­ceived the nec­es­sary train­ing and not prop­erly tested be­fore get­ting a li­cence to drive.

It is hoped that a LTA in­ves­ti­ga­tion, into al­leged cor­rupt prac­tices by some

driving in­struc­tors and an LTA ex­am­iner, will nab those al­legedly in­volved and bring them to jus­tice. The new claims of the al­leged ex­is­tence of a scam were high­lighted by the

Fiji Sun af­ter it con­ducted a sur­vey. Prior to this we’ve heard of ru­mours of the is­sue of li­cences through de­vi­ous means. Those who en­gage in these cor­rupt and un­law­ful prac­tices must re­alise the rea­sons why they must stop im­me­di­ately.

Who shouldn’t be driving?

There are a lot of peo­ple out there who shouldn’t be driving who are a clear dan­ger to ev­ery­body. Peo­ple who are driving with­out a li­cence are killers in the mak­ing – but un­til things go wrong you do not ac­tu­ally know.

It’s like a driver who is used to driving un­der the in­flu­ence of liquor. He or she thinks that when he or she reaches home it is okay to drive in­tox­i­cated – un­til an ac­ci­dent hap­pens. It is an ac­ci­dent or even a fa­tal­ity wait­ing to hap­pen. More ve­hi­cles are put on the roads ev­ery year, mak­ing our roads more busier. They in­crease ac­ci­dent risks.

That’s why it is essential that driv­ers on our roads must pos­sess valid driving li­cences that were given on merit. The hold­ers have gen­uinely passed the test. Not ev­ery driving in­struc­tor or LTA ex­am­iner en­gages in al­leged cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties. Un­less the LTA tight­ens the rules, these al­leged cor­rupt prac­tices could spread to the point that they are dif­fi­cult to root out be­cause it is en­demic.

Let’s hope it has not reached that point.

It is hoped that a LTA in­ves­ti­ga­tion, into al­leged cor­rupt prac­tices by some driving in­struc­tors and an LTA ex­am­iner, will nab those al­legedly in­volved and bring them to jus­tice.

More ve­hi­cles on our roads in­crease ac­ci­dent risks.

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