Ban on ‘aboboyaa’ postponed to February 2022

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The deadline for the prohibition on motorised tricycles, also known as aboboyaas, operating on highways and major roads in the Greater Accra Region has been pushed back from November 1 to February 1 next year.

This is to allow for greater participation, education, and sensitization in order to ensure the directive’s successful implementation.

Mr Henry Quartey, Greater Accra Regional Minister, announced last Friday at the inauguration of Operation Clean Your Frontage in Accra that tricycles will be banned from key roads beginning November 1 this year, with the restriction on the Accra-Tema Motorway to begin immediately.

However, just 72 hours after announcing the dates, the regional minister declared at a news conference in Accra yesterday that “no motorised tricycle should ply the freeway effective November 1st, 2021.”

“However, in accordance with the exercise’s intent, all motorised tricycles should stay away from all major highways and main streets and limit their activities to community riding by February 1, 2021,” he stated.

Mr Quartey continued, “This three-month grace period is to guarantee that sufficient education and sensitization is done to enable the directive’s successful implementation.”

The restriction is in keeping with state laws prohibiting the use of tricycles on public roads.

“The licensing authority shall not register a motorcycle to carry a fare-paying passenger,” according to Regulation 128 (1-4) of the Road Traffic Regulations 2012.

The regional minister pointed out that the majority of the tricycles were employed for garbage collection but lacked adequate disposal systems.

As a result, he claims, the majority of them ended up dumping trash along main streets, aggravating the region’s already unsanitary environment.

He claimed that this necessitated the implementation of a policy that would govern their operations.

However, he stated that in order to avoid creating a situation that would result in job losses, waste management companies had been asked to set up transfer sites in their respective assembly so that the tricycles could continue to run.

The GARCC was working with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to build up zonal registration centers in the assemblies to register all tricycles in the region, he said.

“All aboboyaa users will be added to their appropriate assemblies. Rider’s licenses will be issued to them, and their tricycles will be insured. They will also receive business operating permits from the assemblies.

“We are allowing a grace period of almost 90 days for all these processes to be completed, while we embark on a massive sensitisation programme, so that we can ensure strict compliance when the directive is implemented,” Mr Quartey said.