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The Road Transport Industries Branch is headed by an Assistant Secretary and has twenty one (21) support staff.

The main function of the Road Transport Industries is to contribute to the economic development of the people in ensuring that land transport services provided are efficient, effective, safe, affordable and proving reasonable returns to the suppliers of the services.  The Government being the main provider of basic infrastructure for the movement of people, as well as goods and services has the authority to regulate the land transport services and to set maximum fares, freight rates and issuance of operating licenses.  The road sector of the transport system has been the major contributor to the growth of the economy.

Freight Transport

The Road freight industry is regulated under the Heavy Vehicle Licensing Act, and the Motor Traffic Act, the National Land Transport Board is the Licensing Authority.  The National Land Transport Board had delegated its functions to the Provincial Land Transport Boards for the licensing and the regulation of freighting industries operating with the Provinces.  Licensing of freighting vehicles to operate between Provinces is done by the National Land Transport Board.

Motor Car Dealership

The National Land Transport Board, under the Motor Car Dealers Act, is responsible for the licensing, control and conduct of Motor Car Dealership.  The Used Motor cars are mainly imported from the Asian Markets.  The Motor Car Dealers License is currently K1000.00 per License.  A Bond fee of K3,000.00 for each license is paid only once during the initial payment of the License fee.  The Bond fee is refundable upon cessation of the business.  NCD alone has ten (10) New Car Motor Dealers License and twenty-seven (27) Second Hand Motor Car Dealers.

Passenger Transport

The Land Transport Board established under Section (2) of the Land Transport Board Act, is responsible for the registration and conduct of Public Transport.  Public Transport is a feature of three (3) different environments, that of the Rural areas.  Small Urban Centers and major Urban Centers like Port Moresby, Lae and Mount Hagen.  In the rural areas, public transport motor vehicles range from utilities to four (4) tonne trucks.

The carrying capacities range from 25-80 passengers depending on the vehicle type.  In smaller centre, 15 seater mini-buses and PMV Trucks with carrying capacities of up to 30 passengers are used.  In the major centers, Mini-buses of 25-30 passenger capacities are operated as Passenger Motor Vehicles.

Public Transport Services in the country is privatised with small businessmen who have single vehicle or small fleets constituting the industry.  The industries has operating costs are increasing and this is believed to be resulting decline in the standard of services.  In the National Capital District, the travel demand has increased against depleting services.  From the 1000 PMV Bus license ceiling approved by the Board in 1996.

Public Transport Services in NCD comprise of 595 PMV Buses and 556 Taxi-cabs; licensed to operate in NCD.  The PMV Buses are currently being operated on 16 of the 24 designated routes in NCD.  The demand for service cannot be met with the current fleet of PMV Buses.  Taxis operate mostly after hours when the PMV Buses are off the road.  The Department is very concerned on the state of this industry and its service provisions passenger transport industry.

Axle Load Management

Road damage from overloading of motor vehicles without monitoring of permissible loads had caused considerable road damage along the Highways and city roads.  It is important that the required resources for the operation of vehicles complies with legislation our Inspectors monitor these activities.

Traffic Registries

All Provincial Departments through their BMS Office in each Center are gazetted as Motor Traffic Registries.  Provinces keep the revenue collect and pay all expenses incurred by the Department in providing materials and supplies for the operation of their respective Traffic Registries.  In the NCD, the Traffic  Registry is operated by the Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited (MVIL).  For this Registry, MVIL retains 50% of the revenue collected and remits the other 50% to the Consolidated Revenue Account.

Provincial Liaisons

The Land Transport Board delegated its powers, functions and responsibilities under Section (9) and (11) (2) of the Land Transport Board Act, to the Provincial Land Transport Boards of the Provinces; for the supervision over the licensing of public transport services in the interest of the public with a view to its greater integration, safety, efficiency and economy.

The Division continued to liaise and assist Provincial Administrations in Provinces which do not have a Land Transport board to have the Boards established and the implementation of the functions affected.

The provision of institutional training, the traffic registry courses, transport inspector courses and the Land Transport Board administration courses to the Provinces.