Report of LTA probe out to­mor­row: Ma­haraj

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika ARI­ETA VAKA­SUKAWAQA ari­eta.vaka­sukawaqa@fi­jisun.com.fj

Find­ings on the al­leged cor­rupt prac­tices in ob­tain­ing a driv­ing li­cence are ex­pected to be sub­mit­ted to the Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity man­age­ment board by the end of this week. LTA board chair­man Vi­jay Ma­haraj said yes­ter­day the is­sue was a se­ri­ous case and he ex­pected to re­ceive a report on the mat­ter by to­mor­row. Op­er­a­tions man­ager Faiyum Ali con­firmed that an in­ter­nal au­dit team had been as­signed to carry out in­ves­ti­ga­tions on al­leged cor­rupt prac­tises. Mr Ma­haraj said it was common knowl­edge that if a per­son doesn’t have the re­quired qual­i­fi­ca­tion to run a driv­ing school than ob­vi­ously they shouldn’t be given a li­cence. Mr Ma­haraj said he was con­cerned with the num­ber of of­fences caused by young driv­ers. He said in­for­ma­tion had been com­piled and an as­sess­ment would be car­ried out. “We will bring this mat­ter up and a meet­ing is go­ing to be held with the man­age­ment some­times this week on Thurs­day where we will take the mat­ter fur­ther, peo­ple had been called in who had made sim­i­lar kind of com­plaints in the past,” Mr Ma­haraj said. He said the au­thor­ity had been work­ing hard to erad­i­cate cor­rup­tion. Mr Ma­haraj said those giv­ing the bribe have the same re­spon­si­bil­ity to those who re­ceive it. “Of­ten we know that these things are done se­cretly and only when in­ves­ti­ga­tions are done than things are brought to light or a whis­tle blower comes up with the in­for­ma­tion and it is with those in­for­ma­tion that we can act,” he said. Mr Ma­haraj said they had ter­mi­nated a num­ber of their of­fi­cers in the past for such cor­rupt prac­tices.

He said there were al­ways 2 to 3 ac­tors in a play. “Peo­ple who want the driv­ing li­cense, than the mid­dle man which is driv­ing school and cor­rupt LTA of­fi­cers.

“We try­ing to get to the bot­tom of this, not only cor­rupted driv­ing ex­am­in­ers but also for those that of­fer bribes, under the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem that we have they are also guilty in do­ing what they are do­ing in en­ter­tain­ing this,” Mr Ma­haraj said.

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