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700 dead permits

Serafina Silaitoga
Sunday, February 23, 2014

A VERIFICATION exercise carried out by the LTA nationwide has revealed that about 700 public service vehicle permits are "dead" or expired.

And the authority expects that number to increase to 1000 when the verification process is completed by the end of this month.

LTA chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva said these figures had accumulated over the past 10 years.

He said these permit holders had not been on the roads illegally because procedures laid down by the LTA were too firm that these holders wouldn't dare risk it.

"We have renewal of vehicle licences and driving licences as well, so with our officers and the police out on the roads, these permit holders don't take the risk of getting into trouble," he said.

"The penalties are also severe with high fines and suspension of licences and because they depend on it for livelihood, they prefer to stick by the rules."

LTA spokesman Iliesa Sokia said some permits expired more than four years ago and their holders had not renewed them.

"All PSV permits, except for buses, are valid for only three years, thereafter the permit holder must renew them," Mr Sokia said.

"Buses are governed by the Road Route Licence (RRL) and permits are valid for 10 years.

"Under the LTA regulations, permits that have expired for a year can be renewed by the regional manager, those expired after two years will be referred to the office of the chief executive for renewal and over three to four years will be decided by the board.

"However, the board, in one of its sittings, unanimously agreed to revoke permits that have expired for more than three or four years."

Mr Sokia said this meant permit holders would have to re-apply in accordance with the new terms and conditions.

He said that despite the authority's 28-day notice— the period given for the renewal process — permit holders continued to ignore this. As a result, Mr Sokia said, many permits were not renewed on time.

"It is regulated by law that we notify permit holders 28 days prior to the expiry date of their permit, so that the due systems and process of renewal takes place."

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