Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Malakai Tabar, said this during the launching of the Road Traffic Authority Corporate Plan 2017 – 2019.
Minister Tabar said while having road infrastructure was a critical element of development, its proper use and regulation was of paramount importance as well.
“The changes in land transport has been overdue for some time. This organisation, RTA, effectively comes up at a time when there is a strong need for coordinated planning to always improve our road and transport usage.
“The infrastructure is one matter, having the road is one part, but making sure that people who are using that road are safe, vehicles are licensed, and a whole lot of activities that must be coordinated and managed through an organisation like the Road Traffic Authority,” said Minister Tabar.
Tabar said all land transport laws have been reviewed and updated, including those relating to fees, charges, penalties and fines, are now administered under the RTA.
He said some of the new laws will not be implemented until the RTA develops the capacity to enforce them while administering existing laws.
The launch was witnessed by Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure, Roy Mumu, RTA Chief Executive Officer, Nelson Terema, and RTA Board Chairman, Melvin Yalapan.
Also present were RTA staff.
The corporate plan launch coincided with the launching of the RTA website.