THE LTA will charge motorists who install emergency lights and sirens in their vehicles.
The comment follows public concerns in Labasa over certain vehicles using these lights as part of their decoration. A number of concerns have also been raised with this newspaper.
Bua villager Nanise Usuta said she was shocked when she saw a private vehicle pass by with the emergency lights switched on.
"It is really confusing for some of us who are not used to this kind of sight of what has become the trend in our towns," she said
Jagjeet Singh of Siberia, Labasa, labelled the exercise by some vehicle owners as confusing and deceitful. In response, LTA spokesman Iliesa Sokia said the use of emergency or flashlights was restricted to motorists who had been given special exemptions, including government leaders, ministers and emergency services.
"Security and emergency agencies as well like the police, fire and ambulances are exempted to provide leverage while attending to emergencies," he said.
"The light colour code is used to indicate the urgency of the matter or the situation being attended too.
"However, it has come to our attention that the flashing light is being used by other motorists without the authorisation of the LTA.
"Some private commercial vehicles have been seen flashing this light, in other words it is being abused and the manner used is deceiving."
Mr Sokia said the issue was a concern to the authority.
"We will charge drivers found using these flashing lights and they breach certain regulations in the law by using the light. "