PMV operators learn road safety rules

Transport PNG

By ALPHONSE AIME
ROAD traffic rules and regulations are essential and it is important that vehicle operators are well educated about the subject.
This was the common ground that brought together the PMV Association of NCD, UN Women and the Road Traffic Authority (RTA) during an information session on the new Road Traffic Act last week. PMV and taxi owners and operators turned up in the numbers.
The UN Women and PMV Association of NCD invited Wilson Wariaka who is the Registration and Licensing manager of RTA to inform them on the rules and regulations because there had been many changes.
New rules and regulations had taken effect and a few more are in the process.
“We do not have a fair idea about the traffic laws but we have been hearing about it. It is something that will help us live in peace and harmony. There are many types of laws, acts and regulations,” Wariaka said.
He said there were significant increases in both fees and charges, and traffic fines that came into effect as of the June 1, 2018. The old law under which all land transport related functions were governed was known as the Motor Traffic Act (1950). However, as of 2017 that act has been replaced with the Road Traffic Act (2014)
The meeting went well and all the parties were satisfied with the outcome. RTA was happy to have attended
the session as it was part of their duty to do more
awareness about the changing rules, regulations and fees.The Meri Seif bus is one of the UN women’s projects dedicated to ensuring the safety and movement of
women around the city, to be free from any form of harassment.
Brenda Andreas attached to the UN Women Safe City programme said, In 2014, the UN Women introduced the safe public transport component which became the safe public transport programme. This was because of the high rates of violence around public transport, especially against women and girls.
The session was facilitated by PMV Association of NCD and RTA facilitating and funded and supported by the UN women.

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