The National Road Safety Council has cautioned PMV operators across Papua New Guinea to obtain temporary PMV hire permits through their respective land transport offices during the election period.
NRSC Chief Executive Officer, Nelson Terema, says this will legally warrant PMVs to be available for hire, and limit the number of road traffic incidences and saving lives.
Speaking to the media this morning in Terema was responding to complaints from the general public and PMV passengers regarding the number of PMVs being hired out by candidates.
He cautioned that under the Transport Act, any PMV on hire without a hire permit is doing so illegally, and PMV operators should refrain from charging extra fares.
Terema urged PMV operators throughout Papua New Guinea to obtain hire permits before leasing their PMVs for hire.
He also warned PMV operators, candidates and supporters to follow road safety rules while campaigning.
PMV operators from other centres should visit their respective Provincial Transport Offices to obtain their permits.