THE Land Transport Authority is expected to ground more rural service license (RSL) vehicles for breaching their licencing terms and conditions.
While this has become a nationwide problem, authority spokesman Iliesa Sokia said it was more prevalent in the Northern Division, Nausori, Naitasiri, some parts of Tailevu and the west.
"One RSL vehicle was grounded during the public transport week and has been released following the execution of relevant charges, fines and an official warning," he said.
"The authority is warning drivers that more vehicles across the country will be impounded should they fail to comply and adhere to the terms and conditions given to them.
"The week-long Public Transport celebration has exposed a lot of irregularities in the part of RSL service providers.
"RSL providers are considered special because of some exemptions which they enjoy and no other PSV modes do.
"RSL serve areas where buses and taxis can't reach.
"There are no restrictions on the type of vehicle used for RSL, as long as it meets the compliancy and standards procedures of the authority, it will be used."
The authority, Mr Sokia said, observed that many operational procedures were being breached and there was a need to correct them before the problem got out of control.
"There must be a clear demarcation for RSL, buses and other PSV modes in the execution of their operation, however while there's a greater demand for more PSV, we need to tighten some loopholes and address them accordingly.
"Being the sole regulator of all PSV modes, we must ensure that they all enjoy a fair, level and healthy competition because all PSV have their own customer base and these customers are the public.
"We must ensure that we operate within the confines of the law and in accordance with the terms and conditions of the licence they are given."