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Insidious militarization of all facets of life in Fiji……… The training was held last week at the Black Rock Army Camp at Nadi and the LTA Valelevu Office, Suva.

Soldiers recruited as road marshalls

August 6, 2012 | Filed under: Fiji News | Posted by:

Stopping for red: The driver of this vehicle approached the traffic lights at Nabua opposite the RFMF quarters. The vehicle stopped metres beyond the white line after suddenly braking for the red light. Photo: RONALD KUMAR


More than 100 reservists of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) have been trained to be road marshalls.
The RFMF soldiers who belong to the Territorial Force recently went through a training programme on road safety by the Land Transport Authority (LTA).
This is part of LTA’s effort to enhance road safety in the country.
LTA chief executive officer, Naisa Tuinaceva, said the objective of the training was to be more effective in LTA’s strategies in enhancing road safety.
“We cannot do that single-handed because of the limited human capital that we have and that is why it’s imperative for us to improvise new approaches,” Mr Tuinaceva said.
“The idea of having the assistance from the Territorial Force is a positive way forward.
“This is not new for there are also similar strategies that are also done globally whereby discipline institution’s assistance is applied.”
The training was held last week at the Black Rock Army Camp at Nadi and the LTA Valelevu Office, Suva.
The training included 94 participants in Nadi and 17 participants in Suva
“The purpose of road marshalls is for them to be LTA’s eyes, ears and voice to members of the public whereby they will disseminate information.
“They would be involved in distributing pamphlets on road safety matters and address the importance of complying with the road rules.
“These road marshalls play an important part in this programme and we intend to maximise that to its full potential,” Mr Tuinaceva said.
LTA spokesperson, Alfred Wiliame, said the voluntary enlistment of these personnel would be a boost to the discipline process of compliance on road safety.
Mr Wiliame said the reason for getting them involved would contribute to the enforcement strategies as to deduce the continued habitual offenders and bad behaviour and attitude of drivers. “Road safety is just not a fight of LTA alone.
“It is responsibility of all stakeholders, Government and members of the public.
“When we work as a nation and not individually, we will have an impact towards having a safer Fiji.”
The LTA intends to recruit 5000 road marshalls by the end of the year to strengthen the awareness programmes as an impact on road safety compliance.


16 thoughts on “Insidious militarization of all facets of life in Fiji……… The training was held last week at the Black Rock Army Camp at Nadi and the LTA Valelevu Office, Suva.

  1. Need to keep the boys on some sort of payroll. Those Territorials are guys who have been stood down from regular force (hence no longer entitled to regular pay).

    They are unskilled (useless) for anything other than polishing guns, a reflection of the RFMF itself.

    So because they are unemployed, and Bainimarama needs to keep them happy, they are given these jobs ahead of thousands of school leavers who are struggling to find gainful employment

  2. “I think the military people do things better,so why not hire them”

    Because then, the entire nation become employed by the RFMF, noone does any real work and the nation gets poorer by the day.

    We need more hard workers, not more bludgers.

    All the RFMF has ever done is use their guns against their own people – they are meant to defend the nation – not destroy it.

  3. Lucas ur the same man and have not chaged.Why dont you jump on board because u be will calling the shorts from the sidelines all the time and wont be counted.Airent you ashamed of urself or ur out of your mind.This boat I think wont stop to pick unless ur willing to jump inn

  4. Having i-taukei territorials as road marshalls is an excellent idea. This will sort out these aberrant taxi drivers and hoons in their flashy bollywood cars. Take them to the barracks and give them what the military are good at and well practised.

  5. Radio Extemporaneous.

    “All the RFMF has ever done is use their guns against their own people – they are meant to defend the nation – not destroy it”

    Don’t you think those guns you speak of was and is used for peaceful purposes and not to subjugate the people as you believe?

    As far as destroying the nation I believe that was achieved by others with insidious motives don’t you think?

    You don’t guns to mount a protest infact all you need is convictions and courage but in order to achieve this you first must shut the door behind you.

    What do you think of Rabuka vying for Prime Ministership?

    Do you think justice was served in Qarase’s case?

  6. No one can argue that the improvement of road safety does not need addressing in Fiji but perhaps it’s time someone in government took a long hard look at the effectiveness of the LTA.

    For years now we have had one LTA inititave after the other with little effect and we must not forget it is the LTA that controls the examination for competence of drivers and issuing of licences.

    We have vehicle fitness tests where the inspector will check your interior light and question why it’s not working but does not check the underside of the vehicle or tyre tread depth. We have a very high percentage of potential accident causing drivers who so obviously do not understand correct road positioning on dual lane carriageways or when turning left or right that you have to wonder if these basic items are ever actually taught. Just look at the recent LTA jay walking inititave fiasco where the definition or law concerning this was so unclear.

    Perhaps it’s time to revert the LTA to a purely administrative department with respect to testing, registration, licences, permits, fine payment and making road rules and then putting the onus on the police to ensure these are complied with.

    The police traffic division could be boosted with more visibility on the roads which in itself will act a a deterrent.

    As for this latest LTA initiave of more road marshalls to hand out leaflets would it not have been a better idea to use the media, TV and papers that have a very high viewing to run awareness and training articles ?

    Just ask yourself how often you see an LTA checkpoint targeting taxi permits compared to LTA visibility in Suva stopping unsafe drivers using mobile phones.

  7. If all the citizens were drafted into the military ,then there would be no unemployment nor any coups.The army should start the drafting of all citizens rather then registering for the elections. The enormous resources the soldiers could bring to Fiji as peacekeepers would be unfathomable.
    Right start the recruitment tomorrow and we will all join up.

  8. Perhaps fixing the weighbridges would be a start…..no point buying all these flash machines when it breaks down less then 12 months after purchase for lack of maintenance because Government has no money to maintain them

    Weight machines defunct

    Serafina Silaitoga
    Tuesday, July 03, 2012

    THE two weighbridges commissioned in the north last year have been under repair for almost a year raising concerns among motorists about the sustainability of road condition between Savusavu and Labasa, the Hibiscus Highway.

    The weighbridges — stationed at Tabia, outside Labasa Town and Ganilau Park in Savusavu — were commissioned in February last year by Transport Minister Colonel Timoci Natuva.

    “We have been working on the program that was damaged when water seeped into the software. This water is from the rain and we have also had mud entering the machines,” Land Transport Authority media officer Alfred Wiliame confirmed.

    “The machines will return to its stations this year as we also await funding for the repair charges which is a substantial amount,” Mr Wiliame said.

    The Fiji Times spoke to some motorists along the Hibiscus Highway last week and one of the major concerns raised was the absence of the weighbridges that sat on either end of the highway.

    The weighbridges, motorist Pita Ratuvuwai said helped prevent damage to the highway that was mostly used by heavily-laden trucks.

    “Some logging trucks are overloaded and now that we have the harvesting season, we will see more cane trucks not forgetting the 10-wheeler trucks that travel in from Viti Levu for business purposes,” Mr Ratuvuwai said.

    “If all these trucks are overloaded, the road damage is highly likely to happen,” he said.

    Another Savusavu road user Mohammed Khalim said the number of potholes seemed to increase along the highway and having weighbridges would help control the weight of trucks that used this road.

    “We need to have the weighbridges to maintain the good condition on the highway,” Mr Khalim said.

    Fiji Roads Authority spokesman Iliesa Sokia said the weighbridges played a vital role in road maintenance.

    “It monitors the weight of loaded trucks and in using weighbridges, we also prevent damage on our roads,” Mr Sokia said.

    However, he said he was not aware of the situation in the north.

    “But we will raise this matter with the LTA,” he added.

    Early this year, a road user committee was formed by the Commissioner Northern’s office and the issue of heavy loaded trucks was discussed as a cause of road damage.

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