Alice Ruth is one of five female traffic controllers currently working with RMS on Urban Roads and Drainage Phase 1. Alice and her colleagues have had to face extraordinary challenges on the work site.

“Traffic controllers have been physically and verbally abused by bus and taxi drivers with reports raised to the police regarding five incidents.

“In one instance a bus driver is alleged to have purposely bumped his vehicle into a traffic controller!”, according to the latest issue of the updates on the Port Vila Urban Development Project (PVUDP) progress.

“After reporting the incident to the police the RMS traffic controller returned to work at the road-side only to have the same driver jump from his vehicle and chase the group of traffic controllers off the road.”

Even after such incidents, these brave women continue to come to work, often working night shifts and weekends and working on the road-side in all kinds of weather.

The Government asks for patience and human decency from all drivers while the roads are being improved. Improved roads and drainage will benefit everyone, especially those in the transport industry. Traffic Controllers must be respected and obeyed.

The Government of Vanuatu in Partnership with the Australian Government and Asian Development Bank (ADB) are funding the Port Vila Urban Development Project (PVUDP) as one of the major investments in the nation’s capital. PVUDP will contribute to sustainable urban development in Port Vila through improved road, drainage, sanitation infrastructure and services. The project duration is from February 2013 to December 2018.

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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