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70,000 traffic violaters

Salaseini Moceiwai
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

ABOUT 70,000 vehicles throughout the country were booked last year for violating traffic laws.

The situation has spurred calls from the Land Transport Authority for members of the public to join the authority in its move to control traffic offences.

Authority CEO Naisa Tuinaceva said the high number of traffic violators could have been controlled if people had assisted them more.

"There are only 48 enforcement officers that have been tasked to look after more than 100,000 vehicles across the board," he said.

"The ratio of officers is not equivalent at all to the number of vehicles. We expect more vehicles on our roads and the officers can't do their jobs alone.

"As part of efforts to control such unlawful practice, the LTA has recently empowered about 25 staff as enforcement officers. I have given the staff special powers to do enforcement work and they will help the other officers."

Mr Tuinaceva said the staff members held different posts with the LTA.

"These 25 officers played different duties within the authority. Some are accountants, administration officers, legal officers and media officers and they have been empowered to do enforcement work.

"The LTA can't do their work alone. We need the support from the public to be our eyes and ears on the ground."

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