A/R MTTD impounds 137 tricycles, vows to clamp down on operators
The Ashanti Regional Division of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service has vowed to clamp down on tricycle operators who flout road traffic regulations.
Personnel from the department have impounded about 137 tricycles after their owners were caught in flouting traffic regulations.
The exercise which begun on Monday January 9, 2016 was carried out at Suame, Tafo, Asokwa and Alabar.
Ashanti Regional MTTD Commander, Superintendent Enoch Abrokwah tells Kapital News, they are embarking on the exercise because “these tricycles have been moving in town flouting traffic regulations.”
He said the tricycles “are not to carry passengers, they are not to engage themselves in commercial activities” because the law is against that. They are supposed to “wear helmets, they are not supposed to pass through red traffic lights, but these are essentially what they are doing.”
He said they therefore embarked on the operations to sensitize the public and the drivers on what they are supposed to do.
Contrary to what the law states, most of them too do not have riders license, hence the MTTD has put them before court. The MTTD commander is hopeful their action would serve as “deterrent to them and others as well.”
Meanwhile, some of the riders whose tricycles have been impounded also tell Kapital News, they were not aware “we are supposed to have riders’ license, they should have made an announcement on the radio or television before embarking on this exercise.”
Some of also denied the allegation that they flout traffic regulation, saying “they can arrest all of us because a few of us flout the red sign regulation. Did they catch me doing that?” One of the angry arrested tricycle riders asked.
The riders bemoaned that they do not have the money to through the court proceedings and so will allow MTTD to do whatever they want to do with them.
Meanwhile Superintendent Enoch Abrokwah says for now they are laying low but “if we see that our intended motive is not yielding any result” then they will continue with the exercise.
Source: Suraya Alidu Malititi | kapital971.com