Don’t ban “pragia” regulate it – governance expert
The Greater Accra regional minister has initiated steps to revive some laws to ban all unauthorised vehicles from using the highways and principal streets of Accra
Dr Eric Oduro Osae, a governance expert has called for the regulation of tricycles, popularly known as “aboboya” instead of banning their operations.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, has been consulting stakeholders in a bid to revive some by-laws to control access to unauthorised vehicles from using the highways and principal streets of Accra.
It is aimed at strict compliance and enforcement of the Road Traffic Regulations (2012) LI 2180, for motorbike riders, abandoned vehicles on streets and also ban tricycles (aboboya) from using the highways and principal streets in Accra.
However, speaking with Nana Yaa Mensah on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Monday (9 August), Osai said: “So I will call more for their regulation than completely abandoning or banning their operation. No, it will not augur well for us.”
“…You will agree with me that those main roads may not be as busy like the Accra-Kumasi road… so those ones we can restrict them.
“But allowing them to operate in the city centres, it’s even an eyesore, in this day and age when Ghana is even a lower middle level income country, these things should not be allowed,” he added.
Dr Osai believes aboboya plays a major role in the rural areas where they are used for transporting passengers and carting goods therefore an outright ban will not augur well for the country.
He is therefore proposing for a national dialogue on the issue.
“I think we need a national conversation on this subject and let us agree on areas where it can be used so it will not endanger the lives of users, the drivers and other motorists.”