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  • DoT Port visit at Puma Energy

    MTAP Port Visit

    Officers in the Maritime Technical Assistance Program observing ISPS security application at Puma Energy's port facility.

  • The Project for Capacity Development of DoT in port policy and administration

    Capacity Development Program

    DoT Maritime officers with JICA experts on a port facility survey as part of the Capacity Development Program on Port Policy and Administration

  • Moresby Express an ISPS compliant ship

    ISPS Compliant Ships

    Maritime Security Division enforces the ISPS code in PNG via the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Security) Regulation 2005

  • TSPU officer at Jackson's airport, Port Moresby

    Transport Security Policy Unit

    TSPU officer from DoT at Jackson's airport

Land Transport Division affects the implementation of safety aspects and regulatory functions of Land Transport in compliance with the four (4) main legislations which are;


In pursuant to Section 4 of the Motor Traffic Act (MTA) the Superintendent of Motor Traffic is empowered to administer the Motor Traffic Act.  In this case, the Departmental Head (Secretary for Department of Transport) is the Superintendent of Motor Traffic who under the Minister is responsible for the administration of all legislation pertaining to land transport matters.

The powers and functions of the Superintendent of Motor Traffic include:
a) Motor Traffic inspection and its appointed inspectors;
b) Provincial Traffic Registries. This function is delegated to each of the nineteen (19) provinces in executing the following duties;

  • Applications for driving license and permits,
  • Grant or renewal of a public motor vehicle licensing,
  • Cancellation or suspension of a public motor vehicle,
  • Issuance of registration and licenses to Foreign Government Vehicles.

This Act enables the National Land Transport Board (NLTB) to control the registration and conduct of public transport; it is incorporated and read in conjunction with the Motor Traffic Act and its regulations.  The Land Transport under the NLTB Act, Section 11 of subsection (1) (a) and (b), has the powers to issue licenses, consistent within the policies of the Motor Traffic Act.

The Section 2 of the NLTB Act, stipulates the issue of licenses to:
a)        Private and Public hire cars, or
b)        Motor omnibus.

Also under the same Section, the Board:

c) Direct the Superintendent of Motor Traffic to grant or renew, unconditionally or subject to such conditions as the Board specifies, a license or certificate in relation to a public motor vehicle;
d) Where it is satisfied that circumstances exist that make the grant of a license or certificate in relation to a public motor vehicle is undesirable – direct the Superintendent to refuse the grant of a license or certificate; and
e) Where it is satisfied that circumstances that exist warrant the cancellation or suspension, for such period as its thinks proper, of such a license or certificate – direct the Superintendent to cancel or suspend the license or certificate for such period as the Board directs.


The Motor Car Dealers Act (MCD) controls the new and second-hand motor car sale businesses and for the licensing of motor car dealers, and for other purposes.

a) Licensing
Under the provisions of the Motor Car Dealers Act, Section 7, the NLTB has the powers to grant or refuse licenses thus:

  • The Board may grant or refuse an application for a license;
  • A license is subject to conditions as specified within the licenses and permits categories for the licensed dealer to carry on the business of trading in the class of motor cars and at the premises specified in the license;
  • Where a license is granted to a person who has applied for the license on behalf of and for the benefit of him and other persons; the licenses shall contain an endorsement of the names and addresses of the persons other than the licensed dealer in respect of whom and for whose benefit the license is granted; and
  • Where a license is endorsed under Subsection (3), a person whose name is not endorsed on the license shall not, without the approval of the Board, acquire or hold any interest in or derive any benefit from the business carried on by the licensed dealer.

b) Annual Fees

  • The fee payable for a license and for each renewal of license is K100.00.
  • The Board may, for good and proper reason, reduce the fee payable for a license or renewal of a license in respect of any person or class of persons.
  • Where the Board varies the fee it shall make available to the public its reasons in each case.
  • Notwithstanding Sub-section (2), the fee for a license or renewal of a license shall be not less than K100.00.

This legislation is to control the licensing of heavy vehicles engaged in commercial activities, carrying within and between provinces and for related purposes.  The NLTB has the powers to grant and refuse heavy vehicle licenses (HVL) under this Act.
a) When processing HVL application, NLTB shall consider:

  • Whether the heavy vehicle to be licensed is suitable for the type of operation proposed by the applicant;
  • Whether the applicant has the financial capability to carry on the business of a heavy vehicle operation; and
  • Any other matter r elevant to the circumstances.

b) Where there is more than one applicant for a license for the same type of operation or route, the licensing authority shall give preference to the applicant:

  • Whose income is solely derived from commercial carrying work;
  • Who is a citizen; or
  • That is a corporation to be regarded for the purposes of this Act as a citizen being;

-   governmental bodies within the meaning of Section Sch.1.2(1) of the Constitution that are corporations; and
-   incorporated land groups within the meaning of the Land Groups Incorporation Act; and
-   Business groups within the meaning of the Business Groups Incorporation Act.

c) A license granted under this section shall be subject to conditions that the licensing authority thinks fit and endorse the license.

This section does not authorise the licensing authority to grant a license that entitles the holder, other than the State, of the license a monopoly in an operation or a route.

Secretary's Foreword

In July 2013, the current Government approved the National Transport Strategy (NTS) which comprises the 2014-2030 Policy and related Investment Plan (2014-2018) as our road map for the Transport Sector in PNG. The NTS specifies the sub sector modal policies, plans and priority projects that have been identified by the sector agencies for delivery.

Department of Transport will continue to be the lead agency in the Coordination& Monitoring of the NTS and in developing transport sector policies, identifying and setting strategies, Planning & Budgeting and Monitoring & Coordination of those Policies and Plans for the three modes of transportation: air, land and sea in PNG.

The 2014 elevation of the former Ministry of Transport, under the Prime Minister's Ministerial Determinations, to the new Ministry of Transport & Infrastructure in the coordination of key transport infrastructures approved by the Government has challenged the Department's preparedness to take on the added responsibility.

However, this does not change our aspirations to focus on the Department of Transport's vision by striving to improve on our consultation and collaboration with our many stakeholders and partnering with the industry and communities to facilitate the delivery of a well-integrated, safe and sustainable transport system in PNG.

Our Secretary

Department of Transport & Infrastructure Secretary

Roy Mumu, OBE