The yearly $800 road license for public transports caters for them to travel freely both within and outside of the city boundaries.
The Honiara City Clerk made the clarification in relation to questions raised by local bus owners who said the current road licence fee is too much for them.
He said the increase road business licence from $500 to the current $800 has come into effect since 2013 after a resolution was agreed upon by Guadalcanal Province and Honiara City Council.
“The resolution is a way of addressing public transport movement inside Honiara city and outside of the city. This mix service without proper license has been ongoing for sometimes.
He said according to complaints from Guadalcanal Province, there are public transports operating within their provincial boundaries without provincial road business licence.
“On the other hand, there are also public transports from the province that operates within Honiara City without the City Council road business licence.
“As such, we came up with a resolution in 2013 where we agreed that there should be only one payment for both the province and HCC and that’s understandable given the complexity of the issue.
“So as you can see, the provincial license is $300 while HCC license is $500, so by paying the total, public vehicles can freely move in and outside of the city boundaries.
That was how the $800 came about.”
“This means that transport owners who pay up the yearly $800 road business licence fee will be able to provide transport service within the city and also outside the city boundaries which vehicles do every day.”
By BIRIAU WILSON SAENI