Saturday, June 26, 2010

PMVs (post by Bill & Liz)

Public Motor Vehicles known as PMVs are the most common way of getting around in PNG. We used PMV’s to travel to and from the village and also when we went into Madang. The man driving the PMV is universally known as ‘Driva’ (driver). In the picture below, the man just inside the door with the red shirt collects the fares and encourages passengers to use this PMV to go to their destinations.

Just like all public transportation systems, there are specified routes and each PMV has the route number displayed on the front of the vehicle. Nearly every PMV has accident damage, but while we were there we never saw an accident even with road rules that seemed very flexible. PMVs have passenger load limits, but this also seemed to be very flexible.

Inside a PMV:

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