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50 drivers in danger of losing licences

Tevita Vuibau
Saturday, May 10, 2014

THE Land Transport Authority says it has written to the 50 drivers who have already accumulated 30 traffic infringement notices, advising them that they are in danger of losing their licences.

This comes as it was revealed yesterday that a van driver involved in an accident that killed a 27-year-old schoolteacher in Sigatoka last week, had accumulated 14 TINS on his driving record.

And LTA has suspended about 50 licences with PSV drivers making up 80 per cent of those.

"We have drawn up a new strategy where drivers who have accumulated 30 TINS will be identified, given a warning letter of caution, should they reoffend the process of driver licence termination or suspension will begin," LTA spokesman Iliesa Sokia said.

Mr Sokia said LTA had a comprehensive list of driving records that were constantly updated to show the number of TINS on a driver's record and how many of these TINS had been paid off.

"Driving records are well kept, and it has the number of TINS and other infringements," Mr Sokia said.

He said people were allowed to continue driving once they paid all fines for their TINS.

"We can not deprive anyone from driving after going through all the processes and has passed the system that we require.

"This means the driver was issued TINS, but he paid his fines, that is why we issued his drivers license.

"What is owed to us will remain as current in the system, and if its paid our system will accept it.

"If its 'current' many drivers will find it hard to renew their drivers license because they have more current and it will be difficult to pay since it will be referred in court after it has lapsed the 21 day pay period."

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