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LTA: More rules for provisional license holders

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will introduce new guidelines and conditions for drivers who are on provisional driving licenses. Land Transport Authority Chief Executive Officer, Naisa Tuinaceva said the new conditions will come into effect by the end of March 2016. Yes we are looking at this area if we can start implementing it by […]

Peni Shute

February 5, 2016 12:58 pm

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will introduce new guidelines and conditions for drivers who are on provisional driving licenses.

Land Transport Authority CEO, Naisa Tuinaceva. PHOTO: fijione.tv
Land Transport Authority CEO, Naisa Tuinaceva. Photo: Archives.

Land Transport Authority Chief Executive Officer, Naisa Tuinaceva said the new conditions will come into effect by the end of March 2016.

Yes we are looking at this area if we can start implementing it by second quarter, so basically by the end of March on which we want to start implementing these new conditions.

Mr Tuinaceva said with the help of the new technology LTA has such as speed cameras, these new restrictions will help educate the young drivers proper.

What we want to see is we start bringing up is new generation of driver who are on our roads drivers who are responsible, drivers to able will be able to you know to be able to live with the age and the pace on which we are moving now in terms of the driving standard on our roads, it has never been the same as to what we have been seeing, of what we have been witnessing 10 years ago.

Mr. Tuinaceva said the restriction is not about making life hard for the young drivers but more about in helping them.

No. It’s more like to guide them, it’s more like to protect them, it’s also meant okay to allow growth and maturity and developing responsibility among young drivers, that’s what we are looking at. So that restriction is in place just to protect, look after and guide and develop our people to become much, much better safer drivers.

The range of how people are breaking the law now, it’s not a joke, it’s not a joke. And what we have seen most of our young and new drivers are usually caught up in this, yeah some years ago when there was no restriction it was ok, there were only a few people driving, the road networking was not that big, the vehicle population was not that big. The driver’s behaviour too at that time was you know, the respect, the courtesy you know it was there.

The Provisional drivers will be have two ‘P’ signs. P1 will be red and P2 will be green.

The P1 and P2 or we call it the P-Green and P-Red, you know red as in a critical stage, see it’s not only for the driver for that particular trainer, particular P driver, but it’s also for the public to know. See the disrespect is not only from the driver that is behaving as such, but also from other drivers. See most complaints are coming now days from the drivers that are doing learners, you know they have the L plate on the road because of the behaviour of some drivers, you know they don’t have the space for these people like they will toot their horn, some of them will give some bad signs and language.

This is for all, so even a driver who see’s this kind of red P will know this is a new driver, I better be careful because I don’t really know what can happen, see that kind of thing. But the driver himself knowing his got a red, he will know that people are very observant, any wrong move the people will report him because he is still a very, very new driver – red driver. You know red for like danger, critical or something like that. But the green will be more like a friendly ok, they are doing well, they can do it on their own.

So in that level of doing 2 years of provisional because of these conditions, you know these young drivers they have some key points that they have to achieve, to make sure that they live with and through that time it’s going to breed that good driving behaviour.

Mr. Tuinaceva said all this is being done to allow LTA to have a gauge and depict who the wrong-doers are on the roads.

What we are looking at is to give them chances, of course, will be chances for chances and options available. These conditions if breached it will give us an indication and a question of if this young guy is ready for this or not? That kind of question will come back to us, depending on the severity breached or the violation they conduct, so it will go back to how we want to continue to address this issue with them, whether it’s going to be counselling or listen you appear that you are not ready for this, you will have to go back to stage one or the phase one.

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