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January 26, 2022
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Betelnut Control Ban

NCD Governor Powes Parkop today announcedthe unanimous passing ofthe National Capital District Betelnut Control Law 2013.

 

He saidthe law will undergo gazettal process for formalization before it is implemented on Novermber 1st, 2013.

 

The Bell followsthe October 1st decision by NCDC to stopthe trading of buai in undesignated locations in NCD. NCDC is carrying this out to maintain cleanliness inthe city in preparation for several international events to be staged in Port Moresby.

NCD Governor Powes Parkop clariflied that whilethe law has been passed and set for implementation next month, buai trading will be allowed withinthe city boundaries, in selected market places, until buai markets at Laloki and Rubirogo village are completed.

Temporary Wholesale Markets will take place at three locations only, Hohola, Gerehu Stage 4 and Hanuabada village.

 

Temporary Retail Markets will occur at eight different locations, Erima, Six mile, Tokarara, Sabama, Talai Gorobe, and three ofthe wholesale markets.

 

These areas have been endorsed bythe NCDC Beard. Penalities for trading buai outside ofthese areas will result inthe seller being arrested and charged.

 

These areas have been endorsed bythe NCDC Beard. Penalities for trading buai outside ofthese areas will result inthe seller being arrested and charged.

 

Governor Parkop’said Motu Koitabu villages are not immune tothe new law, as well as Police, Defense and Correctional Services Barracks.

 

The NCD Betelnut Control Law 2013 gives NCDC powers to prohibitthe sale of buai in residential areas and public transport systems such aPM’s and taxis.

 

Offending motorists, who are caught chewing and spitting out of a moving vehicle, will be charged and arrested accordingly.

 

As perthe law, any person trading buai in a public place, including selling and chewing, littering buai spittle or skin will be fined no more than K300. Failure to do so will result in a 2 to 6 hour community service.

 

Forthe owner, operator or agent of any motor vehicle, dinghy, canoe, used to transport buai into NCD aboverthe allowed limit,the penalty is one thousand kina. 

 

Any airline or shipping operator or company that transports buai into NCD will be fined 9, 500 kina.

 

Any operator, owner, or agent who owns, manages or leases any commercial premises and allows buai chewing will be fined 5,000 kina.

 

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