Public Motor Vehicle Services in Port Moresby and around the country have operated without any proper regulation over the past 25 years. This was expressed by Transport Secretary Roy Mumu, during the first meeting for the National Land Transport Board yesterday.
Secretary for Transport Roy Mumu said all Public Motor Vehicle providing services around the country have no proper licensing and registration. And this has cost a lot of problems in road accidents, non-completion of routes, inconsistent bus fares and traffic congestions, added Mr Mumu.
However, the establishment of the Road Traffic Authority (RTA) will see new enforcements for PMV services, management and issues relating to road safety. RTA will come into effect once parliament approves the RTA Bill in the next parliament sitting.
Meanwhile Secretary Mumu said, the current Traffic Act of 1972 is out of date and the initiation of RTA is timely for PNG. He says PNG needs to have inplace a trustworthy, safe and reliable transport system.
Meanwhile Transport Minister Ano Pala said a safe reliable transport system will create an environment that is conducive for economic growth and flow of goods and services.