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Warning letters for drivers

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, January 23, 2014

MORE than 100 Public Service Vehicle drivers have been issued warning letters against re-offending.

LTA spokesman Iliesa Sokia said the drivers appeared before LTA CEO Tuinaceva to show cause.

Mr Sokia said if the drivers re-offend, the LTA would suspend their licences for a year.

"Apart from those that have been warned, 15 PSV drivers had their licence suspended — they will not be able to drive for the next 12 months," Mr Sokia said.

"Most of the 15 PSV drivers suspended are bus drivers, taxi and minibus drivers.

"The authority is also set to suspend more PSV licences in the coming months."

Mr Sokia said the hard stand followed the increase in the number of PSV drivers who violated the mobile communication regulation, ill-treat their customers and failed to adhere to the PSV Drivers Code of Conduct.

"The increase in the number of mobile communication violators received by the authority from December to January is a concern.

"PSV drivers should know better since it's an issue clarified clearly in the PSV Code of Conduct, but their failure to follow this has led to the suspension of their licence.

"Some do it wilfully and knowingly and this frustrates the authority.

"Some old PSV drivers who have been driving for years are not showing good examples to the young and upcoming PSV drivers.

"They must help the authority by strengthening, addressing and emphasising the Code of Conduct to younger drivers."