by Theckla Gunga – EM TV, Port Moresby
It’s the simple checks that can save one’s life.
People using public transport services are advised to ensure the vehicles they are travelling in are insured.
Traffic officers conducting road checks in Port Moresby raised this concern after a number of road accidents involving uninsured vehicles occurred.
Traffic officers say that all passengers travelling within NCD and Central province have the right to ask public transport drivers if the vehicle they are travelling in is insured, the driver has a current driver’s license and if the vehicle is properly registered.
During a road block at Gordons Freeway in Port Moresby today, a number of taxi drivers were fined for driving vehicles with taxi plates although the vehicles had been registered initially as private vehicles.
But not all checks go smoothly; the driver of a PMV bus was upset when officers removed the registration on his vehicle. This led to a war of words between the PMV crew and traffic officers.
Traffic police were later called in to ease the tension. Such road blocks are conducted to check vehicles’ road worthiness.
A number of road blocks and thorough vehicle checks are expected to occur in the days leading up to the Pacific Games.