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Licence warning

Salaseini Moceiwai
Thursday, January 09, 2014

ABOUT 300 drivers nationwide have been warned they could lose their licence if they continue to violate road rules.

The drivers were pulled over by the LTA for violating, among other things, the mobile communications regulation.

The drivers were warned during the month-long Operation Home-Based that covered Christmas and the New Year's Day period.

Authority spokesman Iliesa Sokia said majority of those caught were youths with provisional licence between the ages of 18 and 23.

"After appearing for show-cause before chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva, the drivers were issued warning letters not to reoffend," Mr Sokia said.

"Some were found speeding away without considering pedestrians or other motorists and others were caught crossing the red light while on their mobile phones.

"This is simply dangerous and reckless and we can't afford to have these bad drivers on our roads."

Mr Sokia warned that repeat offenders would have their licence suspended or cancelled, depending on the severity of the offence.

"The severity of the offence will hinder and affect some provisional licence holders from acquiring their full licence."

Provisional licence holders, Mr Sokia said, were usually under close watch not to breach or violate any road or driving-related regulation.

"The authority reserves the power not to give a full licence to provisional licence holders if they don't maintain a clean driving record in the one-year period."