New bus stops must be used, says Minister

One of the 43 new bus stops put in place as part of the Port Vila Urban Development Project.
One of the 43 new bus stops put in place as part of the Port Vila Urban Development Project.

THE Minister of Public Utilities, Jotham Napat, has urged the drivers of public land transports, especially bus drivers, to use the new bus stops.

He said they will play a big role in helping the public to know how to use roads and traffic signs and feel safe on public roads.

Mr Napat said the reason why people are stopping buses in wrong places is because bus drivers are allowing it.

The Minister and other dignitaries at the launch on October 4 of a road safety campaign to educate road users.
The Minister and other dignitaries at the launch on October 4 of a road safety campaign to educate road users.

“The behaviour of the passengers will change if bus drivers take lead to use bus stops,” he said.

He said under the Port Vila Urban Development Project there are 43 bus stops and he appealed to everyone to use them.

“I am someone who advocates a lot about stopping NCDs; exercise is important to fight NCDs, so it would be better to walk 20 to 30 metres to reach a bus stop, it is good for your health.

“This will also minimise the chances of road accidents and at the same time allow for better traffic flow.”

Meanwhile there are a number of vehicle permits issued under the Public Land Transport Authority at the beginning of this year that have not been collected.

The PLTA is asking for vehicle owners who have not collected their permits to come forward before the end of the year to collect them.

These permits have already been paid for but the PLTA will cancel these permits by the end of this year if they are not collected.

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