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Papua New Guinea

PMV fare hike in WNB

BY NICOLE JOANNES

Commuters in West New Britain are being advised that there is an increase in PMV fares.

The Independent Consumer Competition Commission confirmed the fare hike in a meeting held with PMV owners at the Indoor Stadium in Kimbe on Wednesday.

New Guinea Islands regional manager Dorcas Julai said the increase was gazetted last December and it came into effect in January this year.

She said the ICCC considers two factors when awarding an increase which are increase in fuel price and Consumer Price Index.

Ms Julai said there was a big increase in the price of fuel between September 2017 and 2018 which has triggered the increase in PMV fares around the country.

She said the passengers have to pay the increased fares because these are now the new legal fares as outlined in the national gazette.

Ms Julai warned that the PMV owners should charge the fares as approved and not above the approved rates.

She gave an example that the new PMV fare from Bialla to Kimbe is K29.40 and PMV owners cannot charge K30.

She also explained that the PMV fares adjustments are made by the ICCC and not by the Provincial Land Transport Board.

Ms Julai and regional ICCC officer Bobby Tei were in Kimbe on routine monitoring trip and took the opportunity to meet with the PMV owners to clear the air on the fare increase.

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