A-G Calls for Change of Attitude Toward Services and Facilities
People want modern-day facilities, but do not want to modernise their attitude or responsibility in the society. Those were the remarks made by the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, during the commissioning of the Land Transport Authority Office in Nadi.
“As I left Suva after midnight I watched at the weighing bridge. It was quite interesting to see that two trucks were pulled over by the LTA officers.”
He said the trucks were in breach of loading capacity and hence were operating late at night.
“The reality of the matter is that many of these trucks are breaching the truck load requirements,” he said.
“Many people in Fiji complain about the road conditions. “But some of the ones who do complain are the ones who contribute to the breaking up of the roads. “We have to change. “Everybody wants to be like Singapore, everybody wants to be like modern cities like Auckland and
“Some people in Fiji want those modern cities but do not want those rules and regulations to be applied to them,” he said.
“We cannot operate in that manner. We have to change our attitudes.
“We have to follow the rules and regulations. Don’t complain during the daylight about the roads but at night you are the very ones who are driving the trucks that overload with weight.
“It cannot function that way,” he said.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Police and the Land Transport Authority were doing their best. People needed to adhere to the rules and laws that were in place.
“People need to appreciate that Government constantly responds to changes in a society,” he said. “People will be able to complain about the traffic jam in Nadi and Lautoka. The reality of the matter is that a few years ago there was no traffic jam.” Furthermore he said that every member of the society have a particular level of responsibilities to ensure that they all contribute into modernising Fiji where they want to be in ten years.
LTA office opening
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum thanked the board and management team for the new facility and looked forward to the growth of the organisation.
He also looked forward to collaborations to ensure that the land transportation system in Fiji continued to modernise and be consumer-friendly and efficient.
The provision of an Express Office being centrally located will enhance the delivery of the Land Transport Authority services and result in faster customer service turnaround time. These were sentiments shared yesterday by authority chairperson Vijay Maharaj at the opening the new office at Naviti Street in Lautoka.
He said the office would now be more convenient for the public and enhance its services. “The construction and designing of this new Express Office is a significant part of our service reform to the public, especially the Lautoka community,” Mr Maharaj said. “This is the 23rd LTA Office being opened as part of its service reform to provide efficient delivery of the services to customers.”
He said all services would still be provided at the new Express Office except for vehicle fitness, learners permit tests and drivers’ tests. “The new Express Office has also created employment opportunities and I’m delighted to see the fruition of important developments taking shape in LTA in embracing our Government’s policy on the public sector efficiency to better serve the customers,” he said.
The new Express Office opens from Monday to Thursday from 8am to 3.30pm and on Fridays from 8am to 3pm.
The construction and designing of this new Express Office is a significant part of our service reform to the public, especially the Lautoka community.
Land Transport Authority chairperson
Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with staff members of the Land Transport Authority at the commissioning of the Nadi office at the Lot 1, Beta Investment Ltd, Building A, Nadi Back Road, on August 29, 2019.
The Land Transport Authority staff members with Land Transport Authority chairperson Vijay Maharaj ( fifth from left) at the Express Office in Lautoka.