A joint road safety checkpoint conducted by Lae’s traffic unit along with the National Road Safety Authority has yielded the capture of a licence counterfeiter.
The suspect identified as Manu Temu, 37, is from Rigo District in Central province and resides at Lae’s 4-mile settlement.
The graphic designer attached with a local security firm has been charging K100 to clients for his fake products for overnight processing. His biggest demand comes from cash-in-hand customers for ‘Class 6’ licences.
Class 6 licences are issued to semi-trailer and PMV drivers.
Lae Metropolitan Commander, Chief Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr, says the arrest is evidence of many traffic violations and accidents that are increasing in the country’s industrial hub.
The Lae Traffic Registry Office is advising PMV operators to go to them to get PMV and crew permits.
It is the only authorised body to issue permits and licences.