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Man to pay $50 for scratching ear while driving

Nanise Loanakadavu
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

A MAN is refusing to pay a fine of $50 slapped on him by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) for scratching his ear while driving.

Rahul Gulab, 22, raised his frustration after he was booked for failing to control the steering wheel of his vehicle with both hands.

The employee of DHL was driving along Milverton Rd at Raiwaqa in Suva last month when he was stopped by an LTA officer.

According to Mr Gulab, the officer asked him why he was scratching his ear when he should be controlling the steering wheel with both hands.

After learning that Mr Gulab was an employee of DHL, a transport company, the LTA officer enquired if he was allowed to drive a company vehicle.

"How am I supposed to change the gear if scratching my ears is an offence?" Mr Gulab asked.

"I have never come across a driver fined for a similar offence," he said.

"After I answered all his questions, the officer laughed and said good luck for 2013," he claimed. Mr Gulab also claimed the officer's conduct was unprofessional.

However, LTA chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva said it was an offence when a driver failed to control the steering wheel with both hands.

He said any driver who wished to dispute LTA rules could take the matter to court.

"LTA has been transparent by giving offenders 28 days to settle their fine or take the matter to court," Mr Tuinaceva said.


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