By Delly Bagu – EM TV, Port Moresby
The Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) has slammed overcharging by Public Motor Vehicle (PMV) owners.
The Waigani District Court on Wednesday 10 December ruled in favour of the ICCC, finding two PMV owners guilty of charging passengers as high as two kina for routes within Port Moresby city.
ICCC Commissioner, Dr Billy Manoka, said the maximum fare for urban routes is 80 toea, and for school children, it’s 40 toea. ICCC took legal action after complaints from the public.
Magistrate Cosmas Bidar decided to hand down fines of K300 each and a three month imprisonment term if they do not pay the fines.
Dr Manoka was happy with the court ruling, saying the ICCC wants to deal with the high incidences of overcharging by PMV operators in urban and rural routes.
Dr Manoka said overcharging by PMVs is common and people are just accepting it.
He is calling on all PMV operators to charge according to the approved fares to avoid prosecution and unnecessary costs to their businesses.