POM traffic police out in force

Traffic police officers are conducting road checks at various parts of the National Capital District for unregistered and unroadworthy vehicles.

“The road checks have effectively started on Tuesday (August 14th) and will continue until the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ends with the Leaders’ Summit in November,” officer-in-charge of Boroko Traffic Police Senior Inspector Joseph Salle said.

He added that police traffic officers are checking vehicles for overloading, unlicensed and serious road safety issues which might trigger road accidents and loss of innocent lives.

Salle stated that it does not look good when vehicles or PMV buses overloaded with passengers are travelling to and from the city as people from other countries are coming in for the APEC meeting.

“If unregistered PMV buses or vehicles are involved in an accident then the victims will not be covered by the Motor Vehicle Insurance. And the buses with such problems should not be released by the bus owners,” Salle said, adding that several arrests have been made on drivers of overloaded and unlicensed buses.

He further said companies providing transportation for their staff should use suitable vehicles to avoid overloading as well.

(A typical afternoon traffic congestion on Waigai Drive)

Press release