New by-law controls use and parking of motor vehicles on George Kalsakau Drive

George Kalsakau Drive

The Port Vila Municipal Council (PVMC) will put into effect a new by-law — the George Kalsakau Drive Traffic and Parking By-Law which aim to control the use and parking of motor vehicles on George Kalsakau Drive this month.

Under the by-law, vehicles that are a bus, taxi, or service vehicle must not enter the area of George Kalsakau Drive unless for specified reasons such as transporting a disabled person or tourists and with written authorization from the Council for tourism-related purposes.

Buses and Taxis are not allowed to use the George Kalsakau Drive as a drive through area, except on special conditions, one of which is to drop off tourists, but not parking there.

Vehicles must only park within the areas marked for parking of vehicles including limited on the time a vehicle may park.

It is the duty of all drivers to comply with this new by-law. And it is the duty of owners of buses, taxis and service vehicles to ensure that the driver of their vehicle complies with this by-law.

Port Vila Urban Development Project will put in line markings, parking lane, drop off and pick up zones, as well as a disability parking zone.

Any driver who contravenes this by-law and if the vehicle is a bus, taxi or service vehicle, the owner of the vehicle is guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine of: a) Vt2,000 for contravening Section 5, paragraph 1) or 4), a “general parking offence”, b) Vt5,000 for contravening section 3, paragraph 2) or Section 5, paragraph 2), 3) or 5), a “serious parking offence”, c) Vt5,000 for contravening Section 4, a “general traffic offence”, d) Vt5,000 for contravening Section 6, a “general offence”.

Any person who is guilty of an offence under sub-paragraph 2)b, 2)d) above two or more times in a 12 month period is guilty of a repeat offence and is liable to a fie of Vt10,000.

Any person who contravenes this by-law is guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine not exceeding Vt20,000 or to a period of imprisonment not exceeding 12 months or to both such fine and imprisonment.

The George Kalsakau Drive entry is at the northern end of the drive at the Paris Shopping Building and the exit at the southern end, at the Post Office roundabout.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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