THE Land Transport Authority is appealing to the public to exercise vigilance following an increase in the number of swindling by individuals posing as LTA officers.
Authority spokesman Iliesa Sokia said they had information on con artists who acted as middleman by telling customers they could negotiate with the authority to have their unfit vehicles passed.
"The LTA is aware of their identities and have referred this to the authorities," Mr Sokia said.
"We would also like to put on record that we have ceased entertaining the work of middlemen. Any third party transaction will no longer be processed by any of our offices."
Mr Sokia said middlemen were often used to accommodate LTA customers who resided overseas and had genuine business with the authority, "especially those with PSV permits".
"We have discovered and busted a racket involving con artists who have been seen loitering around the LTA premises without any serious or genuine business dealing with the authority," he said.
Mr Sokia said these con artists usually loiter around vehicle inspection areas waiting for customers whose vehicles had been declared unfit after undergoing fitness tests.
"They actually deceive customers, saying they're a middleman and can negotiate to get their vehicle passed — but their service comes at a cost.
"We have installed CCTV cameras around our major centres here in Valelevu, Labasa and Lautoka where we are monitoring the movement of people, especially surveying those who may be operating suspiciously or in the process of conning people."
The authority is warning people involved in such activities to refrain from doing so.
"People must follow the proper channels of doing business with the LTA and they should not resort to other means of getting their vehicles passed by involving a third party," Mr Sokia said.
"If vehicles aren't passed, there must be a reason and all they need to do is get it fixed."