Government Should Take Back the Public Transport System Nationwide
March 24 2011 at 12:44 PM No score for this post
This is the letter to the editor that the 2 dailies wouldn't print.
Subject: Government should take back the public transport system
It was a let down for me when I anxiously opened both newspapers this
morning and not one letter from me was published. Post-Courier, olsem
wanem, yu beks o? At least The National published my first letter. Anyway I
will keep on writing because it appears that many fellow Papua New Guineans
have the same concerns.
Still on the city's road traffic, Gairo from Port Moresby wrote in: "Look
at the Junction at the Stop and Shop Rainbow, Kaevaga Road to Casio Circle,
Gerehu. It is a HAVOC every morning and afternoon during the peak hour.
NCDC (and I might add here the police) seem to have no concern at all about
this Junction. (Accidents waiting to happen!)
"Stop and Shop should open its constructed entry and outlet driveways along
the Kaevaga Road instead of blocking the outlet and inlet for the residents
of Rainbow." (Em komon sens o nogat Mr Mahesh Patel of Stop n Shop?)
Then I had this article from Betty of Hohola, who recalled how orderly
things were in the 70s and early 80s.
"When you drive thru Hanuabada towards the roundabout at Badihagwa turn off
you will see a big run down house. That house was used by the Port Moresby
Transport Service. We had the Inspector run around check the buses to
ensure that the limited number of passengers were on the buses, as well as
check ticket sales. The Inspector also ensured that traffic rules were
observed even though there were not many buses.
"In those days fashion was short dresses and skirts so men would stand up
and give their seats away as soon as a ladies boarded the bus. (Now even a
frail old women will be pushed away in the mad rush to get on the buses).
We didn't stand and stretch our arms to hold on the bar in the bus.We had
good condition buses and high standard of discipline amongst our men.
"When we had private PMVs the problems began. We have PMV drivers who just
came from the village to live in POM and drive the bus for a wantok like
mad men driving on the highlands highway, showing bad habits and lack of
respect for women and young ladies. Even young ladies are sent off the
buses if the "boss crew and his wantoks" don't like the look of the women
and force them off the bus because they look too pretty and delicate, so
they must be "pamuks".
Women or young girls wearing a trousers or jeans is an offence to the "boss
crew". It made me sick and I stood up for them from time to time when I
could not sit back and watch. They allow their own wantoks to get on
without harassment. My son and his friends got chased off the bus even when
they paid. They had to walk from 4 mile to Gerehu after school because they
didn't have any more money to pay the PMV.
I yelled at the "boss crew" a few times when they refused to give me the
right change. They charged money but the bus seats are falling apart. (Most
buses are indeed falling apart and are disasters waiting to happen.)
Women and children have fallen victims to many PMV operators.
Even driving has become so stressful due to drivers over taking or the
freeway or just pushing their noses in. I always look at the the driver and
sadly it has always been a "highlander". Honestly very sad! Is there any
such thing as "patience" in their vocabulary or language?
I find the people in the highlands very respectful and protective on the
highway buses over people they call "foreigners". Who are these idiots or
odd ones coming to the city?
Can someone do something about the transport issues? Police and transport
Yes, very true indeed. Only last week it was reported that a women was
raped in Lae by the bus driver and off-sider or boss crew. Perhaps it is
time the authorities took back the public transport system to improve
service and most importantly, make it safe again for everyone.
Thank you all once again for your time. Editors, this is a very topical
issue so hope you can publish it at your earliest opportune.
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