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
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.