BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
AS of next month the Honiara City Council (HCC) will remove the licence from public buses found to be running short routes, it is reported.
At the moment, the HCC Taskforce responsible for transportation service are arresting and charging buses that operate short distances within Honiara.
HCC warns vehicle owners and their workers its grace period will cease when the month of March ends, and all public service vehicles are expected to abide by the new imposed transportation ordinance.
Chairman of the Taskforce, Mr Eddie Ngava says after March 31 HCC will not charge or arrest buses for short route services but will indefinitely remove their licences if they are caught.
He said HCC have given a three-month grace period and everyone is aware, so there should be no exception by April.
“Past three-month HCC has been given awareness and arresting, and soon this three-month up if we caught bus running short route their licence will be remove,” Mr Ngava said.
As part of HCC’s ongoing activities, the Taskforce will continue to provide awareness to buses and taxi operators in Honiara.
Ngava said during inspection last week transport owners have agreed to HCC’s ordinance not to run short route and no dark tinted vehicle.
He said HCC will use their Law Enforcement officers including general public for keep tracking on transport service providers to ensure services are conducted accordingly.
He also adds public will need to assist HCC to identify service providers who failed to adhere to the rules by calling their toll free number or to post their pictures in social media.