Motorists face K300 fine or court case for illegal parking

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BY JASON DOM
MOTORISTS obstructing the flow of traffic in Port Moresby will face a spot fine of K300, or be taken to court, according to traffic police director Joe Joseph.
He said “No parking” signs and notices on where to park in the city were shown on billboards.
He said vehicles parked on footpaths would force people to walk onto the road, increasing the risk of being hit by other vehicles.
According to the Road Traffic Act, the spot fine for illegal parking or parking on a footpath is K100. If it ends up in court, a K500 fine can be imposed.
For obstructing traffic, such as parking on major roads, the spot fine is K300. If it is reaches the court, the fine can be K1000.
“Traffic officers on duty use their discretion to penalise motorists by issuing tickets, taking them to court or towing vehicles to the NCDC depot station at Boroko,” he said.
“The transport authority charges K60 as their service fee. NCDC charges the vehicle owner K500 before the vehicle is returned. If the owner fails to claim the vehicle, the authority will have to auction it.”
Meanwhile, Joseph said the National Capital District Commission and RTA were looking for a big piece of land to build a pound for vehicles.

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