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May 19, 2021

New Buai Ban Laws Set For August

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The buai ban in the city of Port Moresby has shifted its focus and is now targeting chewers.

In a joint effort with the National Road Safety Council, the buai ban enforcement unit will now target vehicles and passengers.


A spot fine of K500 will be imposed on those caught spitting betelnut spittle out of moving vehicles.


This morning in Port Moresby, the NCDC enforcement unit, together with the National Road Safety Council launched a joint program targeting betelnut chewers in the city.


Since the buai ban came into effect on 1st of October 2013, the NCDC has faced many challenges imposing the ban.


Deputy city manager Honk Kiap confirmed this by saying that one of the many challenges has been monitoring and regulating chewers in the city. NCDC’s partner in this program has welcomed the partnership, admitting that different agencies need to work together to achieve results.


This partnership means the two will now be conducting awareness until August, when the penalty will be imposed.


This afternoon, officers conducted a road block along the Gordons Secondary School road to give out pamphlets informing and educating the public on the new spot fine.


Come August 1st, anyone caught spitting betelnut spittle or disposing any form of betelnut litter from a moving vehicle will be arrested and charged.


Those who cannot pay the spot fine of K500 will be taken into custody and locked up before facing court. This will apply to all vehicles, including PMVs, taxis and private vehicles.


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