Projects to boost service delivery

THE Land Transport Authority (LTA) received a major boost towards improving their services after the launch of its projects for this year at LTA headquarters in Valelevu last week.

While launching the projects, Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Kumar, said as part of the projects, LTA was launching for the first time a vernacular road code book in iTaukei and Hindustani languages.

With this, LTA also launched four additional wheelweighers, eight new vehicles for enforcement purposes and one caravan to cater for LTA staff while working during night operations.

“This launch highlights the combined achievements of the LTA. These investments in service delivery demonstrate Government’s commitment in improving LTA’s enforcement and operational capacity,” Mr Kumar said.

Mr Bala said the real issue that Fiji was experiencing was overloading ? which contributed to the deterioration of road conditions in rural and urban areas.

He said LTA had partnered with the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) to crack down on overloading in the country and engage with various stakeholders in curbing the issue.

Mr Bala also highlighted the increase traffic infringement notices (TINs) from 857 in 2016 to 937 for overloading.

The four wheelweighers were purchased at a combined price of almost of $300,000.

He said with the increase in the general vehicle population, more resources were necessary.

As of December 2017, the total number of registered vehicles in the country were 117,623 an increase from 110, 763 in 2016.

The eight new enforcement vehicles were worth $700,000.