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The Road Safety and Traffic Management (RS&TM) is headed by an Assistant Secretary and have fifteen (15) support staff.The RS&TM branch is one of the two branches of the Land Transport Division.  It is entrusted with the SAFETY chapter and more technical oriented of the Road Transport sector of the Department .

Basically , RS&TM is responsible for the administration, development and implementation of strategies/methods including; Road Safety audits, driver training and education, traffic law enforcement and awareness campaigns, vehicle inspections and specifications, road safety planning and engineering, accident data system, maintenance of road furniture and traffic control devices.

The functions and responsibilities of the branch are realized through the following:

Enforcement & Regulation of relevant LTD Legislation

  1. Carrying out regular enforcement exercises and operations in conjunction with other stakeholders such as Police, NRSC, NCDC, MVIL, ICCC and with Provincial and Local Level Governments.
  2. Regularly review and amend relevant LTD legislations to deter traffic offenders.
  3. Carry out regular inspection visits to Motor Car Dealers (MCD), mechanical workshops and other transport service industries to ensure that they comply with relevant regulations, safety standards and their licensing conditions.
  4. Prepare submissions for the National Land Transport Board (NLTB) and advise them of the appropriate conditions for licensing of safe efficient Transport services to meet the demand of the people.

Monitoring & Enforcing of Motor Vehicle Safety Standards

  1. Licensing of Mechanical Workshops as Authority Inspection Stations (AIS) for the purpose of carrying out safety inspections of motor vehicles and certifying them as roadworthy.
  2. Adopt relevant international Motor Vehicle Safety (MVS) standards for use in PNG.  Review and or devise MVS inspect ion manual and criteria so that uniformity is maintained by all AIS workshops.
  3. Maintain records of all AIS and carry out routine inspection visits to monitor their facilities and performance to ensure they comply with their licensing conditions. There are 144 AIS licenses issued in PNG (57-Southern, 35-Momase, 29-Highlands and 23-Islands).

Incorporate Safety Standards in Road Design & Construction

  1. In conjunction with the Department of Works (DoW), carry out Safety Audits on new major road projects.
  2. Carry out regular Safety Audits of existing roads and advise appropriate authorities for improvements and treatments.
  3. Liaise with appropriate authorities like National Capital District Commission (NCDC).  For the erection of necessary road safety signs, road markings and other road furniture.  This needs urgent attention.

Ensure Adequate Existing Road Network & Infrastructures to meet the current demand

  1. Carry out regular traffic surveys of the existing roads and identify missing links congestion points and black spots or problem location for treatment and improvement.
  2. Liaise with MVIL, CPRL and Provincial Registries for updated records of all Motor Vehicle Registered in the country – their type, class, weight and other necessary information.

Maintain Comprehensive Traffic Accident Records

  1. In conjunction with Police, investigate causes of all motor traffic accidents in the country from raw information to final data and establish/upgrade/sustain accident Data bank.
  2. Regularly review, analyse and update causes and trends of accidents, and device ways/programs/strategies to reduce or prevent motor traffic accidents.
  3. Maintain up-to-date records for annual report publications, management projections, and particular vehicle history or for other useful purpose.

Road Safety Awareness Campaigns & Drivers Education

  1. In conjunction with National Road Safety Council (NRSC), device educational programs to visit community schools and other learning institutions to promote Road Safety.
  2. Liaise with other media organisations such as EMTV, Road stations and the News Papers to carry out advertisements to promote Road Safety.
  3. Regularly publish and distribute latest Road Safety promotional materials/information to stakeholders and other concerned organisations.
  4. Develop and conduct Road Safety training courses for all road users such as drivers, pedestrians, designers, commuters etc.

Low Cost Remedial Treatment for Blackspots& Congestion Sites

  1. Liaise with appropriate authorities for the design and construction of low cost treatment of the high accident prone sites and problem road networks.
  2. Provide technical advice and assistance in the treatment to the nearby and adjacent communities of the environmental, social and economic impact.

Stakeholder Participation

  1. Conduct regular training for Provincial Officers and other stakeholders especially for the new and casual employers.
  2. Organize quarterly enforcement traffic operations and once a year Road Safety seminar or workshops.