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Report cases to LTA

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, July 03, 2014

VEHICLE operators should report cases of corruption instead of colluding with the corrupted wishes of personnel, says Land Transport Authority spokesman Iliesa Sokia.

Mr Sokia was responding to concerns of vehicle operators on Taveuni who said the authority's personnel on the island were demanding money from operators in order to pass their vehicles.

According to some of the operators who wished to remain anonymous because of victimisation, bribery was becoming a norm with personnel on the island.

A vehicle operator said it was common knowledge with operators on the island that if they wanted their vehicles passed, they had to leave $50 in the vehicle for the personnel who would take the vehicle for fitness test.

Another operator said this was one of the reasons vehicles which should not be operating on the island's roads were still running.

Meanwhile, Mr Sokia said those failing to report these actions were in a way colluding with the corrupt personnel.

"All that people need to do is contact us through our complaint section and have their complaints investigated.

"Doing nothing about these sorts of corruptive acts will only encourage it to continue.

"Operators know what they are doing is not right and the fact that they continue to feed this corrupt personnel with money means that they are also part of the corruptive act itself."

Mr Sokia has called on operators on the island to voice their concerns directly with LTA.

"However, we will look into these allegations because it undermines the standards of the organisation."

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