LTA Called A Model for PNG Road Transport
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.