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PSV drivers top on list

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

THE LTA is concerned about repeat offenders, especially those holding public service vehicle licences.

CEO Naisa Tuinaceva made the comment after the cancellation of 28 PSV licences in the Western Division.

He said the large number of repeat offenders in the PSV category sent a negative message that "PSV holders were law breakers, irresponsible and unethical drivers".

"Repeated offences such as over-speeding, the use of mobile phones and encroachment are the most common of breaches and the authority warns it will continue to implement harsher penalties to those implicated," he said.

"Some PSV drivers who have been in the business for long are setting bad examples to young and upcoming PSV drivers."

Mr Tuinaceva said drivers with more than 10 years of experience were said to be the biggest culprits.

"They simply do not learn from their last infringement, they can be seen repeating the same offence twice, three times, some even five times and this is totally unacceptable.

"We simply cannot allow these drivers to carry on the way they like, continue breaching the law. They think they are above the law, they must be stopped and removed from the road."

Mr Tuinaceva said the LTA would not condone nor accommodate bad driving.

"We are appealing to drivers to be responsible and do the right thing on the road."

Bad Drivers

The LTA in the Western Division

* Processed 116 show of cause cases.

* Issued suspensions ranging from one to 12 months.

* Served 12 PSV drivers with more than 40 Traffic Infringement Notices (TIN)

* Put 13 PSVs on last warning notice.

* Put 29 private licences on last warnings.

* Classified 20 PSVs as dangerous after accumulating more than 20 TINs.





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