9 Jul 2008

PNG government plans Port Moresby public transport revamp

3:16 pm on 9 July 2008

The Papua New Guinea Government has announced plans to revamp Port Moresby's public transport system.

The Post Courier newspaper says routes for Public Motor Vehicles, or PMV's as buses are known, will be put out to tender.

The move is aimed at ending disruptions to the transport system that regularly frustrate commuters in the city.

The decision comes after recent strikes by PMV operators and threats of further strikes due to high fuel prices, with the Government saying it would tender the routes to companies and individuals which have the money.

In addition taxi operators will be forced to install meters, while bus operators who allow passengers to stand or hang onto doors will be taken off the road and drivers severely punished.