Diplomacy

Fijian diplomat cited for driving unregistered vehicles and $23k+ in fines

A member of a Fijian High Commission has accumulated $23,258 in outstanding traffic and parking fines while stationed abroad. According to documents released by the country, a senior official wrote to the Fijian High Commissioner on August 23 this year asking for the outstanding fines to be cleared. The official noted that “this is an excessive […]

Calvin Prasad

November 18, 2016 8:38 am

A member of a Fijian High Commission has accumulated $23,258 in outstanding traffic and parking fines while stationed abroad.

According to documents released by the country, a senior official wrote to the Fijian High Commissioner on August 23 this year asking for the outstanding fines to be cleared.

The official noted that “this is an excessive amount of infringements” and that “a significant number were incurred for speeding”.

The infringements incurred using two vehicles belonging to the same person between July 2015 and August 2016.

The vehicles were unregistered on March 30 and June 26 respectively this year.  However, the person continued to drive and incur additional traffic and parking fines.

The outstanding fines were categorised as follows:

  • Parking Infringements: $1,355
  • Camera Infringement: $2,276
  • Red Light Camera Infringements: $416
  • Point-to-Point Camera Infringements: $19,212

“I am sure you will agree that this is an excessive amount of infringements and I note that a significant number were incurred for speeding. This flagrant disregard for our road rules and in particular the safety of other road users is deeply concerning.”

The official warned that they would review the “continued suitability” of the person to remain in the country as a representative of Fiji if the fines were not cleared and further traffic infringements were made.

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