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Authority suspends licences

Nanise Loanakadavu
Friday, November 30, 2012

A TOTAL of 247 driving licences have been suspended by the LTA since the beginning of the year, it has emerged.

Of these, 117 licences were suspended in the west, 54 in the north and 76 in the Central Division.

LTA chief executive Naisa Tuinaceva said 12 licence holders were given final warnings.

"We want to inform offenders that the authority doesn't condone habitual behaviour of misconduct by disobeying the law frequently," he said.

"The system has a way of dealing with habitual offenders and its our duty to ensure these laws are obeyed at all times.

"Over the years, habitual offenders have been on the other side of the law and most had renewed their licences with the perception that they were overlooked by the system."

He said the authority would upgrade its information technology software for real time data to flag down habitual offenders.

"These continued offenders pose a high risk on the road to people, other motorist, passengers and pedestrians," he said.

Mr Tuinaceva said the 247 offenders were required to present themselves and state why their licences should not be cancelled or suspended.

He said most of these habitual offenders were breadwinners.