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Stricter vehicle tests

Luke Rawalai
Monday, February 10, 2014

COSTING about three-quarter million dollars, the new computerised vehicle inspection machines are expected to improve the LTA's customer service and reduce manual labour.

CEO Naisa Tuinaceva said an American team is installing the new inspection system at LTA's Valelevu office.

Mr Tuinaceva said the fully computerised system cost $250,000 each.

"It will take us about a month to complete the installation phase in the Central Division before we install them in our main centres of Labasa and the Lautoka," he said

"However, this does not mean that employees need to be laid off because of the new machines it only means that now we can divert manpower to other areas that really need beefing up.

"The advantages of the system are that it will cut down on manual labour and it will also improve the organisation's efficiency as customers do not have to wait for long hours for their vehicles to be inspected because the machine only takes 30 minutes to complete a vehicle assessment."

Mr Tuinaceva said they needed more officers on the road for enforcement purposes and this was where they would redivert their manpower to.

"When you do this kind of work using the system, it is an advantage since it will nurture efficiency in the organisation.

"The quality of inspection done by the new system is also an advantage as it will only determine whether a vehicle has passed or failed an inspection.

"Therefore, there will be no room for negotiation."

Mr Tuinaceva said that in the past LTA officers were lenient.

"If there is a minor default in the vehicle, they will just pass the vehicle and tell the owner to fix the defect before getting it back for inspection.

"However, with the new system this cannot be the case as the machine will recognise a pass as a pass and a fail as a fail."





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