NIPG to effect Road Traffic Act changes

The New Ireland Government will be signing a Memorandum of Agreement with the Traffic Authority in the near future.

This comes after its Provincial Executive Council meeting on the 26th of February took note of the Road Traffic Act of 2014, in particular the schedule of fees and effects of legislative changes.

Governor and PEC Chairman Sir Julius Chan directed all relevant stakeholders, including Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited and Road Transport Authority, to commence dialogue on the proposed Memorandum of Agreement between the New Ireland Government and the Road Traffic Authority.

The PEC discussed the effects of the legislative changes and how it will affect the province in terms of revenue generation and enforcement activities.

In conjunction with this, the PEC approved the Public Motor Vehicle Licensing policy to be used in the province by the Provincial Land Transport Board. Sir J directed the provincial administration to put in place the mechanisms to ensure the policy of 80 percent ownership and control by natural New Irelanders in the Public Motor Transport Industry is realised.

Further to that, he directed the provincial administrator to investigate and report back to PEC on all the revenue collected by Police.

Meantime, the seven newly recruited CEO’s and Directors also officially signed their contracts. In a first-of-its-kind undertaken by any provincial government, NIPG has authorised for the appointees to own the vehicles they are entitled to. Under their terms of contract, they will pay off 60 percent of the total cost of the vehicle and claim ownership.

“I’m doing this so you can take ownership of the government vehicles we allocate to you but more importantly, I am doing this so you can deliver and implement my government’s directive. The new packages will enable you to work comfortably after hours,” expressed Sir Julius.

The New Ireland Government undertook a rigorous recruitment process last year to select some of the best brains in the country to work for the New Ireland Government. Adding to this, provincial administrator Lamiller Pawut confirmed that up to 60 percent of the public service employees are made up of females.

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Press release