The Nationwide Highway Protection Authority (NRSA) has known as for a new coverage way on the use of bikes and tricycles for commerce in the state, adhering to the death of 732 folks involving January and December final yr.
That, it explained, was needed, in see of the popular use of motorcycles for professional and personal activities, a business enterprise acknowledged commonly as ‘Okada’.
“We assume that there really should be a new policy direction about the use of motorcycles and tricycles. This is for the reason that considerably as we imagine that the legislation has offered that it is illegal to use them for fare-spending, we see it taking place,” the Director in demand of Scheduling and Programming at the NRSA, Mr David Osafo Adonteng, advised the Daily Graphic.
“Most people today have identified benefit for the use of motorcycles other people are stating that it is a supply of employment, many others imagine it is a way to survive — the younger males, for case in point.
“Others as well imagine it is a implies of public transportation that is aiding areas that are very deprived of general public transportation. Some also assume it is helping in healthcare shipping expert services in the rural locations. This indicates ‘Okada’ has now absent outside of common use,” he reported, and cited the use of motorcycles in the agricultural and educational sectors.
In accordance to him, motorcycles had still left the arena of use for non-public uses for industrial use and if Ghanaians were being not mindful, the scenario could escalate.
“We be expecting the Ministry of Transport to arrive out quickly and give us a way as to the new policy on using bikes and tricycles in Ghana, and then the agencies dependable for its implementation — the NRSA, the law enforcement and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) — will arrive up with some regulatory mechanisms to be equipped to management the scenario,” Mr Adonteng explained.
Korle Bu admissions
Early this year, the Accident, Unexpected emergency and Orthopaedic Office of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital indicated that ‘Okada’ incidents topped street incident circumstances during the Christmas and New Calendar year time period.
On December 22 and 23, it stated, the country’s biggest clinic recorded 30 road incident victims, out of which 20 were being ‘Okada’ situations.
Amongst December 30, 2019 and January 1, this calendar year, the clinic recorded 79 auto situations, 58 of them involving bikes and a single bicycle case.
The law enforcement, Mr Adonteng said, appeared handicapped when it arrived to the implementation of the law banning the use of motorbikes for professional reasons, looking at the situation on the floor.
“It indicates that there are problems relating to enforcement and I really do not feel that a regulation that are unable to be enforced really should cease to be effective,” he claimed.
He explained the Ministry of Transportation tasked the NRSA, the police and DVLA to go spherical the country and search at the magnitude of the issue of the use of bikes, noting that in the course of the rounds, they observed that the challenge was popular that it had absent beyond safety, getting into into the region of economics.
Mr Adonteng mentioned the use of motorcycles was a menace in the region owing to their reckless use for professional functions.
He claimed even if the Ministry of Transportation gave acceptance for their use in the rural places, where there was deficiency of appropriate transport companies, “it even now has to be regulated under a rigorous regulatory regime”.