MORE than 200 vehicle operators in Wainikoro have praised the LTA's efforts of taking their office services to the doorsteps of vehicle operators in rural areas.
Natabe resident Dhirend Chand said a team that visited the area took time out to renew tractor licences and other vehicle licences.
Mr Chand said the team also offered vehicle and driving tests.
"It is just timely for most of the sugarcane farmers in the area who have turned up to renew their tractor licences and driving licences with the cane crushing season just around the corner," he said.
"In the past we used to take long slow tractor rides right to the Labasa office, which is about 30 kilometres from our residence, to renew our licence.
"We are thankful to LTA for being thoughtful and getting their services to our doorsteps."
Natabe sugarcane farmer Deo Dutt said he was grateful to LTA for carrying out the tractor learner's permit and driving tests yesterday.
Sixty-five-year-old Mr Dutt said at times when they were tired from hard labour in the fields, they had no choice but to seek the help of those who could drive the tractors even though they were not licensed.
"Today there was no excuse as the services and tests were done in our vicinity and we did not have to waste money travelling to get a test and a permit," he said.
Labasa LTA personnel Jitendra Naicker said apart from the tests and licence renewals, they were also conducting campaigns for vehicle and tractor operators.