Driv­ing schools query new li­cence sys­tem

Narayan ques­tions how long it will take for ap­proval of pro­vi­sional li­censes to be ap­proved

Fiji Sun - - Nation - FILIPE NAIGULEVU Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika filipe.naigulevu@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Fiji Driv­ing School As­so­ci­a­tion yesterday ques­tioned the in­tro­duc­tion of a new sys­tem pro­posed by the Land Trans­port Author­ity for pro­vi­sional li­cences to be ap­proved by the three re­gional man­agers.

“How long will it take for re­gional man­agers to ap­prove the pro­vin­cial li­cences,” ques­tioned as­so­ci­a­tion na­tional pres­i­dent Ra­jesh Aryan. “Most re­gional man­agers are busy and would take time to ap­prove th­ese li­cences.” Mr Narayan was speak­ing af­ter a spe­cial meet­ing at Rishikul Sanatan Col­lege in Valelevu yesterday by the as­so­ci­a­tion who met to dis­cuss the new sys­tem. LTA board chair­man Vi­jay Ma­haraj said now the sign off should be done by the three re­gional man­agers in the three di­vi­sions. He said this was to en­sure that all pro­ce­dures were fol­lowed in re­la­tion to ob­tain­ing a li­cense and when it was is­sued. “We have set cer­tain re­quire­ments, that the alumni has to go through, like go­ing to the oral ex­am­i­na­tion and all that has to be com­plied with and the re­gional man­agers have to make sure th­ese pro­ce­dures are strictly fol­lowed for li­cences is­sued which has been lack­ing in the past,” he said. Mr Ma­haraj clar­i­fied that LTA re­gional man­agers would now have to give th­ese mat­ters pri­or­ity if some­one had ap­plied for a driv­ing li­cence. “They have to en­sure that all the pro­ce­dures that have been set should be com­plied with no ques­tion of be­ing busy. That’s part of their KPI’s,” he said. “What we have now taken on board is that all three re­gional man­agers must en­sure that all th­ese pro­ce­dures from the time the learn­ers start learn­ing their driv­ing up to the time their li­cense is is­sued.

“I think that is very im­por­tant and we will en­sure that this is done.”

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