Understand Road Safety in PNG

By Vasinatta Yama – EM TV News, Port Moresby

National Road Safety Council Executive Director, Nelson Terema, said Papua New Guinea has an old Traffic Fine Act of 1968, and it does not promote road safety.

He said vehicle owners and drivers can easily break traffic rules and pay a maximum fine of K50, which is why a lot of unnecessary accidents are happening.

Terema said that road checks during Christmas and New Year will ensure safety for all.

A reform into the Council, known as the Road Safety Authority, will prevent such activities from happening.

Meanwhile, Terema said that in some centres, Politicians failed to understand road safety, and prevent them from conducting road checks in their Provinces.

He said an unfortunate incident that happened recently was in Lae, which involved a Provincial Government vehicle, where the driver died and his companion, hospitalised.

He urged Members of Parliament to work together with them, and assist with resources and logistics to address road safety.

In partnership with MVIL and the Police, the Road Safety Council, conducted major road blocks in POM and Lae this festive season.

Reports showed that many PMV buses do not have ‘P’ plates or Permits, and many PMV drivers and their crews do not have a license.

A lot of private vehicles are also unregistered.

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