By Patricia Keamo – EMTV News, Port Moresby Following the amendment of the Road Traffic Act (RTA), all provincial administrations are required to sign new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Road Traffic Authority. Today Eastern Highlands Provincial Administration signed the MoU with RTA, becoming the fourth province to sign since the Act was amended. This paves way for the administration to take on the authority and perform functions and duties of the Road Traffic Authority at the provincial level. RTA CEO, Nelson Terema said by delegating the authority back to the provincial administrations, they will be able to provide basic road and traffic services as well as generating income through registration of vehicles. The road in Eastern Highlands links to other provinces in the highlands region, Lae and Madang. Every day hundreds of vehicles pass through the province, transporting goods and other services. Present to sign the MoU was Eastern Highlands Provincial Administrator, John Gimisive.
Since the amendment of the RTA Act, West Sepik, Simbu, Jiwaka and now Eastern Highlands have signed with RTA and five other provinces are expected to sign.]]>
“We are not so much concerned about the revenue but the safety of the people, and the safety of the road,” said Mr Gimisive.