Kramer said under Police Commissioner David Manning’s leadership, a Radio Frequency Identification fuel management tagging system is being tested in NCD.
RFID fuel management, more commonly known as Automatic Vehicle Recognition (AVR), is a well-established, proven and reliable system used by many astute transport operations.
The technology consists of three core components that need to talk to, or recognise one another in order for fuel to be securely dispensed: These include:
- An online-fuel management terminal fitted with an automatic vehicle-recognition receiver;
- An RF-enabled fuel nozzle; and
- A number of RF vehicle transponders fitted to each vehicle.
Kramer said a review of fuel supply logistics replaced multiple on-credit suppliers with one pre-paid provider to facilitate fuel availability across all police commands.
“Major benefits of the implementation of the review outcomes include greater transparency of fuel consumption, greater economies of scale on pricing and effective outsourcing of administration,” he stated.
The Minister said the Police Commissioner has informed him that as of 10 August, 136 vehicles were operating on the new system which allows vehicles to refuel at designated service stations as required.
“All these vehicles have been allocated Z plates to make them more visible to the general public.
“The RFID system and Z plate allocation allows monitoring of fuel usage and holds NCD-based users accountable,” Kramer outlined.
Also, under the Papua New Guinea-Australia Policing Partnership (PNG-APP), the RPNGC commenced a vehicle identification project to decommission uneconomical fleet vehicles. The Constabulary identified 30 vehicles for decommissioning which was much more than the initial target. And in August 2020, the PNG-APP gifted 11 vehicles to NCD functions, including the Waigani Station of Excellence.
Kramer said the Police Commissioner has been tasked by the Marape-Steven Government to address corruption and mismanagement within the RPNGC, and improve policing services to the country.
“Decisions and initiatives such as this one, addressing police transport, mobility and fuel usage, is one of many that the Police Commissioner is putting in place to make the Constabulary more transparent, accountable, efficient and productive,” Kramer stated.