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Tricycles operating illegally in Brong-Ahafo Region

By
Dennis Peprah, GNA
    

Berekum, (B/A), July
21, GNA – The use of tricycle for commercial purposes is gaining roots in the
Brong-Ahafo Region, though section 128 of the Legislative Instrument (LI) 2180,
2012, that established road safety regulation prohibits the practice.

The practice is common
in Berekum, Wenchi, Kintampo, Duayaw-Nkwanta, Chiraa and Techiman where the
tricycles popularly known as Mahama Camboo are used to carry passengers.

According to section
128 of the LI: “A person shall not use or permit to use a motor cycle or
tricycle for commercial,” and offenders of the regulation are liable to a fine
not exceeding 25 penalty units or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 30 days
or both.

But, the Ghana News
Agency (GNA) investigations show that the tricycles carry four passengers,
including the rider at fare of GH¢ 1.00 each.

Commenting on the
matter in an interview with the GNA, Mr Kwasi Agyenim Boateng, the Brong-Ahafo
Regional Planning Officer of the National Road Safety Commission said the
situation was worrying, hence the need for a radical approach to stop it.

He expressed
discomfort that most of the riders were minors who knew nothing about traffic
regulations.

Mr Boateng said very
soon the Commission in collaboration with other road agencies like the Motor
Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) and Driver Vehicle and Licensing
Authority would intensify enforcement exercises to arrest and prosecute the
culprits.

He said though the
tricycles were affordable for the ordinary citizens, passengers who board them,
did so at their own peril as they were not covered by insurance.

He observed protection
of passengers were minimal when there was a crash, and advised the public not
to patronise them.

“The riders don’t have
experience on the road,” he said, and appealed to transport unions to help to
arrest the situation.

Meanwhile, taxi
drivers in the Sunyani Municipality have threatened to resist the operations of
the tricycles for commercial purposes in the Municipality.

They told the GNA in
an interview that if they allowed the riders to operate, they would cause
accidents.

Emmanuel Kofi Osei,
who plies the Abesim-Sunyani road indicated that tricycle and other motor
riders caused nuisance on the road, saying many of the riders have no driving
license.

GNA

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