The National, Tuesday October 22nd, 2013
LESS than 300 of the 1,000-plus vehicles on Buka are registered, the Autonomous Bougainville Government reveals.
It, therefore, signed the one-stop-shop concept with Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited last Thursday in Kokopo, East New Britain, to ensure all registered vehicles have stickers.
It is estimated that more than 500 vehicles on Buka and mainland Bougainville were not registered.
The ABG estimates that more than 1,000 vehicles operate on the island. The MVIL’s statistics, however, shows that less than 300 are registered.
MVIL said the number of registered vehicles varied from year to year, depending on policy holders on Bougainville who did renewals annually.
MVIL executive manager operations Hellen Koka said they would work closely with the police traffic section in Bougainville to insure vehicles.
She said MVIL would be working closely with the Land Transport Division and Customs.
She said many clients had been importing vehicles directly from suppliers. This means that Customs, Land Transport divisions and police traffic officers cannot inspect the vehicles and collect fees.
“This is why we want to work closely with customs to address this, not only in Bougainville but throughout the country,” she said.
Koka said MVIL was giving the twin sticker concept to ABG for free. It will assist the province to increase its revenue.
Koka said MVIL was working closely with hospitals in PNG in relation to car accident statistics.
“We are trying our best to work closely with all stakeholders as much as possible,” she said.