by Vasinatta Yama – EM TV, Port Moresby
The setup for revenue collection in Central province places the province at a disadvantage.
Director of the Central Province Transport Authority (CPTA), Emmanuel Oa said much of the tax paid by motorists is shared between Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited (MVIL) and CPTA.
This has led to the CPTA getting lower revenue levels than expected.
Beginning with the location of Port Moresby City, the CPTA is competing with MVIL to register and give licenses to motorists and PMV operators in Central and NCD.
Mr Oa said because Port Moresby is seen as the main town for Central province, many motorists registered under CPTA are getting their drivers licenses from other authorities.
Since new management has taken office, CPTA has been paying K70,000 in taxes to the provincial government every month.
But this is still not enough to run the authority’s operational costs. Oa said much of the income received from motorists is used to pay staff salaries.
CPTA’s role includes issuing driver’s licenses, registering vehicles and ensuring traffic rules are followed. This role is similar to what MVIL is doing, creating confusion between the two authorities regarding who is authorised to conduct road blocks and on which sections of roads in NCD.