The Public Land Transport Authority (PLTA) in collaboration with Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) will commence with the enforcement of the Vt500,000 fine on public transport drivers that are caught driving under the influence of alcohol.
The Vt500,000 fine is a prescribed amount for the specific offence of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, under the Public Land Transport Act No.4 of 2015.
There are also other required amounts in respect to an offence committed under the provision of the Act.
In May 2018, Minister of Internal Affairs, Andrew Napuat signed the Order to effect the penalties notice and fines.
On August 28th-30th, the PLTA Board met and discussed matters relating to public land transports and concluded with a number of recommendations.
PLTA Board, chairman Leith Veremaito stated in a press statement that PLTA will seize vehicles and permits of drivers that are caught driving under the influence of alcohol.
This action is to be carried out pursuant to the Public Land Transport Act.
According to the Board chairman, the impounded vehicle and permit will only be released to the drivers concerned after the fine of Vt500,000 is paid to PLTA.
Vehicle owners are warned that if their vehicles are under loan, they must adhere to these instructions or face the consequences.