The second series of the Motorcyclist Training Course came to an end on Friday with the Commissioner of Police reiterating his stand on the abuse of vehicles.
The Course saw officers from the Western Division undergo the 3 week training in order to qualify as authorized riders for the institution.
In closing the course, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said he was still concerned with the attitude of some officers who had the tendency to abuse vehicles.
“The unauthorized use of vehicles resulting in write offs worth up to more than $50,000 is unacceptable”
“If you’re using the vehicles for its intended purpose then you have nothing to worry about. But if you are speeding traveling at 100km in a 50km zone without a reason then I will not accept any excuses in the event of an accident, because that is a clear case of abuse”.
The Commissioner said once qualifying as authorized riders, motorists should expect more responsibilities.
“You may find yourself being the only qualified rider in your station so you will have the sole responsibility of the maintenance and care of the motor bike which you have been assigned with”.
“Plans are to have more than just traffic officers using motorbikes with the other Units also in the pipeline to be able to utilize them for increased mobility”.
Brig-Gen Qiliho also called on the officers to remain focused on their work and understand the hard work put in to acquiring more vehicles and mobility assets.
“If you’re a Corporal worry about what you’re supposed to be doing, and don’t be too caught up in what another officer is doing”.
“Vehicles and motorbikes are important assets of government and once written off under the lease agreement we won’t be getting a replacement and this will limit our ability to do our work”.
“I’ve recently terminated a few drivers who have abused the use of vehicles resulting in it being written off and bear in mind that if I kick out 20 drivers I can guarantee you that there’s 200 more waiting to replace you, so I urge you to value and appreciate the employment opportunity you have”.
The training was conducted for officers from Sigatoka to Rakiraki.