Minister orders E.P.C. to investigate unregistered vehicle
Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang has ordered the Electric Power Corporation to investigate why a Corporation-owned vehicle is using an unregistered license plate.
“It appears this vehicle is on the road illegally and I have instructed the C.E.O. of the E.P.C. [Tologata Tile Tuimalealiifano] to investigate why this is happening," he said. “This means they’re using the license plate without paying for the registration fee."
The vehicle in question was allegedly involved in an incident that resulted in damage to a parked car and was allegedly in the possession of an E.P.C. consultant at that time.
To date the C.E.O. of E.P.C. has not responded to repeated questions regarding the said vehicle with license plate 25159.
The Minister oversees the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) which oversees and has the national vehicle registration database.
The Minister said the L.T.A. database also has no records of the vehicle in question.
“It appears this was done in a trickery way and the C.E.O. for the E.P.C. should have the answers because I would not allow this to happen. I can also confirm, this vehicle is not registered with the L.T.A.," he said.
“I made it clear that there will implications [faced by the E.P.C.] when a [government] vehicle is using an unregistered license plate. It means they dodged the registration fee."
He warned that it does not matter whether it is a Government vehicle or not but the Corporation should pay the registration fee.
He also noted that there are E.P.C. vehicles that are assigned to consultants but use private registration.
“But once it’s confirmed, then I will instruct the E.P.C. to register the vehicle under the Government license plate and I did not know about this vehicle until now,” he added.
Last month Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, confirmed the ongoing investigation into the vehicle with the license plate 25159, as it could not be found on the national registration database.
“We could not find the registration of this vehicle on the registration system, it didn’t reflect any ownership," the Commissioner said.
"It’s unclear how this car has a license plate, but we cannot find it on registration system.
"We are also looking into the possibility of a glitch in the system."