The National – Wednesday, December 15, 2010
VEHICLES owned by companies operating in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in the Hela region are not registered or insured.
Many trucks are also not road worthy and possess a big threat to the drivers and the public and other travelling vehicles on the road.
Margarima police discovered when conducting roadblocks in the district as part of their Christmas and New Year operations.
They said many new company vehicles did not meet traffic rules and regulations.
Police sources said the owners of the vehicles and trucks thought that since they were operating in an isolated area of the province, they did not need to register or insure their fleets but this was wrong.
They said it was very surprising that these multi-million and billion kina companies failed to comply with the Traffic Act of the country they were operating in.
Police told The National yesterday from Magarima that since they kick-started their operation last week by setting roadblocks, they arrested many people for smuggling marijuana and transporting weapons.
All vehicles travelling in and out of the district will be checked as Margarima is the gateway to Komo, Tari, Koroba and even Kandep in Enga.
Police will continue to check for illegal weapons, alcohol, marijuana, overloading, worn-out tyres, registration, insurance and other details under the Traffic Act.
A warning was given to those caught smuggling illegal goods or breaching the traffic rules that they would face the full force of the law.
Police said during the festive season, many people would be travelling on the road and they want to make sure that there was no accident.
The operation was made possible with the extra manpower deployed to the district from the 120 new police recruits from the province that passed out in Bomana this year.
The operation will continue until next month.