VT1.5M revenue collected in Port Vila Traffic Operation

A three-day Traffic operation in Port Vila has generated more than VT1.5 million in revenue.

The joint operation was conducted by the Vanuatu Police Force (VPF), Municipal Wardens and the Public Land Transport Authority (PLTA), which saw the VPF Traffic Unit assisting the PLTA to enforce its Act No.4 of 2015 and the Road Traffic Control Act [CAP 29].

The operation recorded a total of 235 offences. Over 300 vehicles were confiscated and 257 tickets were issued – generating VT1, 595,500 revenue.

The purpose of the operation was to ensure all vehicles have valid important vehicle documents in place while operating on public roads.

The main offence identified was owners of vehicles who have not renewed their driver’s permit and public vehicle permit.

The VPF Traffic Unit is appealing to drivers and owners of public transport to ensure they comply with the Road Traffic Act [CAP 29] and No. 4 of 2015 Act. Drivers must renew their driving permit and apply for a driving permit to drive a public transport. This applies to bus service operators, taxi or any public transport.

Both permits for a driver and a public vehicle permit must be renewed before December 31 each year.

This joint operation conducted by Police, Municipal Wardens and the PLTA will continue.

The PLTA Office is located behind the Ministry of Internal Affairs at Independence Park.


Warrant of arrest for sexual offenders on Malo

A warrant of arrest has been executed by six VPF officers in Luganville to arrest three suspects of sexual offenders on Malo Island.

The suspects were arrested on Friday, 8th of July 2022 for failing to appear before the courts on a set date. They are now remanded at the Correctional Centre, awaiting their hearing.


Warning against creating homemade guns

The VPF will arrest any person who is found in possession of homemade guns.

VPF’s SANMA Fire Unit has conducted more awareness on homemade guns, as it has been one of the main topics during the week.

The VPF stressed creating homemade guns is against the Firearms Act and is very dangerous.

Confiscation of homemade guns from communities is ongoing.


Three arrested for unlawful sexual intercourse 

The VPF SANMA Morality Unit arrested three suspects for sexual intercourse without consent at Namalo village in south Santo early this month.

They were detained under police custody and later remanded at the Correctional Centre.

Police attended the crime scene on the same day at Namalo village.

The case is under investigation.


Suspect in Esah Store theft remanded

A suspect has been arrested in relation to a stealing that occurred at Esah Store in Port Vila.

The management of the store reported that a total of VT6, 000, 000 was stolen early this month.

The Serious Crime Unit arrested the suspect yesterday morning at Tebakor area. Following his arrest, police have also recovered leftover cigarettes, Digicel and Vodafone refill cards.

The suspect appeared before the Magistrate Court yesterday afternoon and was remanded at the Correctional Centre, awaiting his PI.


Three arrested for unlawful entry and theft

A total of VT6, 600,000 was stolen at the Radio Station on Santo and the case was reported to the Serious Crime Unit.

Three suspects of unlawful entry and theft were arrested and remand at the Correctional Centre on Thursday, 7th of July 2022.

Police investigations continue.


13 summoned by Police in Luganville

One suspect has been arrested and detained in Cell No.6 for intentional assault, causing injuries. The suspect was later released on bail.

The victim was admitted at the Vila Central Hospital.

A total of 13 suspects were involved in this case. The 13 were summoned by police in Luganville for questioning on July 12, 2022.


Velit Bay case committed to Supreme Court 

Police investigations into the Velit Bay unlawful entry case has been completed. It was heard at the Magistrate Court on the 6th of July 2022.

The case has been committed to the Supreme Court, but a hearing date is yet to be confirmed.

A total of four suspects will appear before the court.


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