A-G Calls for Change of At­ti­tude To­ward Ser­vices and Fa­cil­i­ties

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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.

Vi­jay Ma­haraj

Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity chair­per­son

Photo: Waisea Na­sokia

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.

Photo: Ni­co­lette Cham­bers

The Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity staff mem­bers with Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity chair­per­son Vi­jay Ma­haraj ( fifth from left) at the Ex­press Of­fice in Lau­toka.

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