The Deputy Minister of Transport, Nii Kwatei Titus-Glover has proposed the enactment of a law to ban movement of motorbikes and tricycles from 9:30pm to 6am to curb accidents and crimes.
According to him, although motorcycles have become an important means of transportation and serves as source of livelihood to operators, “there are several reports of criminals in some municipalities including Ashaiman using the motorcycle to undertake unlawful activities, especially at night.”
He made the suggestion at a meeting in Accra to deliberate on whether or not to review the law on motorbikes and tricycles.
Such a ban, he said, would support efforts by the police to check crime activities in the various communities and make it easier for persons engaged in crime to be accosted.
It was organised by the Ministry of Transport to find solution to motor and tricycle accidents on the roads.
“The importance of these commercial motorcycles and tricycles cannot be understated. First, it has become an important means of transportation in several parts of the country. Again, the motor riders also earn some money to be able to cater for themselves and their beneficiaries. In this regard, we need to have a relook at the regulations and whether or not they can operate or not,” the Deputy Minister stated.
Recent statistics from the NRSC which state that fatalities from motorcycle crashes have surged from 200 in 2010 to 400 in 2017, he said requires that urgent attention was given the commercial use of motorcycle in the country.