George, who will be standing as a Democratic Party candidate for Takuvaine-Tutakimoa, said the state of the roads around most of the island, and particularly the back road, are in terrible shape. A potential solution he sees is to use all the money that is collected through the annual licence and warrant of fitness fees, as well as the fines for out of date paperwork.
“When I look at all the vehicles on the road, I wonder how much money is made out of it. And the I look at the road,” George said.
“Where does all this money go? Obviously not to the roads.”
He finds himself constantly spending money on fixing his vehicles from the pothole damage, and now tries to avoid the back road completely, especially around the Atupa/ Nikao area.
“I’m focusing on the roads because it touches everyone on the island every day basically. I’m sure even the ministers would agree.” However, he questioned why Henry Puna, and not Teariki Heather, drove around the island last week to assess the road situation, considering the latter is the Infrastructure Minister. Since the CIP government assumed power in 2010, George has seen little improvement on the issue, which caused him to speak up. “The annual licence is for vehicles, they run on the road, not on the reef.
“Shouldn’t we see some benefits from the money we are paying to use our cars on the road?”