LTA Called A Model for PNG Road Trans­port

Fiji Sun - - Nation - Source: Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity Feed­back: jy­otip@fi­jisun.com.fj

In sign­ing a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing last Fri­day with the Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity (LTA), the Board Chair­man of Pa­pua New Guinea’s Road Traf­fic Au­thor­ity (RTA), Melvin Yala­pan, de­scribed LTA a “model” in­sti­tu­tion. Ce­ment­ing the mile­stone part­ner­ship that be­gan in 2014 were the Chair­man of LTA Board, Vi­jay Ma­haraj, and his PNG coun­ter­part, Mr Yala­pan. The RTA is cur­rently up­grad­ing its trans­porta­tion sys­tem and is look­ing at the best prac­tice model out­side of PNG as a beacon. The MOU that was signed last week will fur­ther strengthen and en­hance in­for­ma­tion shar­ing be­tween the two re­gional road au­thor­i­ties. “For the Road Traf­fic Au­thor­ity of PNG we are for­tu­nate to have the LTA as the model we can base our plans for our up­graded sys­tem. We don’t need to look fur­ther than Fiji to have a model to look to­wards; and that is LTA” said Mr Yala­pan.

Mr Yala­pan was part of a top-level del­e­ga­tion from the RTA that spent a week in Fiji to ob­serve and draw lessons from LTA’s trans­port man­age­ment op­er­a­tions. The LTA man­age­ment team or­gan­ised pre­sen­ta­tions that covered all as­pects of the Au­thor­ity’s op­er­a­tions.

The pre­sen­ta­tions in­cluded li­cens­ing, reg­is­tra­tion, en­force­ment, road safety, ve­hi­cle in­spec­tion, and weigh­bridges.

LTA act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Aptinko Vaurasi said that out­side of the pre­sen­ta­tions, the del­e­ga­tion was pro­vided a gen­eral re­view of poli­cies and reg­u­la­tions as well as an over­view of the LTA man­age­ment struc­ture. In ad­di­tion to the Chair­man, the del­e­ga­tion in­cluded Deputy Chair­man John Rex Makao, Act­ing Man­ager Reg­is­tra­tion and Li­cens­ing Unit, Wil­son Wari­aka, Se­nior Tech­ni­cal Of­fi­cer, No­hokau Chris Hi­toloand UN Women Pro­gramme Spe­cial­ist in PNG, Bessie Maruia.

Seated left: LTA Chair­man Vi­jay Ma­haraj and RTA Chair­man Melvin Yala­pan, while LTA lawyer, Nav­ilesh Chand (cen­tre) points out de­tails to the chair­men.

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