The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon Henry Quartey has announced the ban of motor tricycles popularly known as “Aboboyaa” on major highways in Accra.
The ban will take effect from Monday, November 1, 2021.
Mr. Quartey gave this directive at the launch of “Operation Clean Your Frontage” in line with the road traffic regulations.
Regulation 128(1-4) of the road traffic regulations 2012 states that “the licensing authority shall not register a motorcycle to carry a fare-paying passenger”
Speaking with UniversNews, some tricycle riders stated that, the directive given by the Regional Minister is not going to be enforced because not only individuals but companies also rely on this tricycle for their everyday work.
“The minister cannot just get up and bring something like this because this company I work for has about 50 tricycles and every day we go like two-three rounds and each cycle carries about 100 bags of sachet water. There are so many shops and homes who depend on this “Aboboya” for water supply.” said Matsebi Addo, a tricycle rider.
Furthermore, other riders were of the view that, if this initiative is implemented, many people will lose their jobs, hence Mr. Quartey should have limited the ban to those without licenses.
“Find a way of regulating the user by coming out with a strategy, that as a rider, when going to buy a tricycle, there should be someone from DVLA to ensure that whoever is buying the tricycle has a license. The roadworthy and insurance should be done on the new tricycle being sold and the money should be added to the cost of the bike” said Andy Yeboah, another rider.
Aboboyaa riders generally are unhappy about the ban and say that it can increase the unemployment rate in the country.
Story by: Anifa Adam Azumah & Esther Amarteifio | universnewsroom.com