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Tuinaceva calls for reform of driving landscape

As concerns mount over substandard training sessions, incompetent driving instructors, and an alarming passing rate for driving exams, the driving landscape is in dire need of reform,says Opposition Member of Parliament, Naisa Tuinaceva.

The former Land Tansport Authority (LTA) chief executive said recent revelations have highlighted the prevalence of premature driving tests, uncertified instructors, and the operation of illegal driving schools, raising serious questions about the safety and competence of drivers on our roads.

He said reports indicate a disturbing trend of alleged collusion between driving examiners and instructors or individuals seeking to obtain driving licenses illicitly.

“This collusion undermines the integrity of the licensing process and compromises road safety standards.”

“We are witnessing a concerning pattern of laxity and compromise within the driving education and examination system,”. “The proliferation of uncertified instructors, substandard training, and allegations of collusion between examiners and instructors is putting lives at risk on our roads.”

Tuinaceva said it is imperative for driving instructors to adhere strictly to the driving code of practice, ensuring that students receive comprehensive and competent instruction.

“Land Transport Authority must tighten internal controls and conduct thorough audits on the issuance of driver’s licenses to root out any instances of misconduct or corruption.”

“The prevalence of bad driver behavior on the roads is a classic example of immature or incompetent drivers, resulting from inadequate training and oversight.”

“Vigorous awareness campaigns and education initiatives are urgently needed to instill responsible driving habits and enhance road safety for all.”

“Furthermore, there is a pressing need for specialized driving examiners, rather than those with a broad range of skills. Introducing two driving examiners for testing, particularly for theory and practical examinations, would enhance scrutiny and accuracy in assessing driver competency.”

He said in addition to revising provisional driver conditions, LTA must introduce defensive driving courses for Class 2 driver’s license holders.

“These courses would equip drivers with essential skills to anticipate and respond to potential hazards on the road, reducing the risk of accidents and improving overall road safety.”

“The time for action is now. We cannot afford to overlook the glaring deficiencies in our driving education and examination system.”

“The passing rate of driving examiners has been alarmingly high, raising suspicions of lax evaluation standards and potentially unsafe drivers being granted licenses.”

“There have been allegations of collusion between driving examiners and instructors or individuals to expedite the process of obtaining a driving license, further exacerbating the issue of unqualified drivers on the road.”

Reginald Chandar
Reginald Chandar
Head of News & Sports | news@fijilive.com

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