PUBLIC service vehicle (PSV) drivers have been warned against stealing from passengers.
In a strong warning, the LTA said it would not hesitate to terminate a driver's licence for involvement in illegal activities.
Authority CEO Naisa Tuinaceva said they had been inundated with complaints from the public against drivers who stole from passengers.
"The authority is warning drivers in all the nine classification of PSV licences to refrain from stealing from customers," Mr Tuinaceva said.
"We have received numerous complaints that drivers steal items such as laptops, mobile phones and groceries while transporting passengers from point A to point B.
"Whether you are a bus driver, taxidriver, RSL, licensed carrier driver or if you fall under any of the nine PSV classifications, stealing from passengers is a criminal activity and we will not hesitate to execute the most harshest penalty available to us and that is the immediate termination of licences.
"Drivers are supposed to be playing a much bigger and responsive role apart from just driving passengers and that is, being protective and ensuring the safety and security of passengers and their belongings at all times.
"It's sad to note that passengers are robbed by drivers when passengers choose to travel in any PSV mode.
"Their perception while travelling is that, they will reach their destinations safely without any harm and they have the trust of the drivers about their belonging as well.
"It upsets us to hear that passengers have been robbed, some are physically abused, assaulted and sexually or verbally harassed."
The situation has also spurred calls from the LTA for the public to note the registration number of the vehicles upon boarding at any time of the day or even at night.
"Some PSV drivers get away undetected maybe because passengers are too terrified or traumatised by the incident, prompting them to forget the vehicle registration number," Mr Tuinaceva said.
"The LTA and the police will be very effective and successful with their work if we know the details of the vehicle, especially the registration number."
Fiji Taxi Association president Vincent Singh said they were unaware of the matter.
Fiji Bus Operators Association vice-president Parmod Chand said they were not aware of any bus driver who had been arrested or taken into custody for stealing from passengers.
"We have been very strict with our drivers in terms of matters as such," Mr Chand said.