About 80 per cent of tricycles used as commercial vehicles in Tamale are not registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), the Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive, Iddrisu Musah Superior has revealed.
The MCE made the revelation at a press conference he called to warn road users in Tamale of an impending exercise to clamp down on motorists who flout road safety regulations.
Mr Superior said the assembly, together with the security agencies and the DVLA will, from Saturday January 13, 2018, start arresting people who use unregistered vehicles.
Most motorbikes and tricycles in the metropolis are without number plates. Some of the tricycles popularly called “yellow yellow” or “Mahama Camboo”, are used by minors, something the laws of Ghana frown upon. Police have on several occasions embarked on similar exercises to arrest such recalcitrant road users, but these exercises have never been sustainable as people are seen after a week or two riding unregistered motorbikes and tricycles.
But the MCE pointed out that the intended exercise would be a very effective one and warned owners of unregistered vehicles to register them before January 3 or face the full rigours of the law.
He added that minors who operate tricycles in the metropolis will also be arrested and prosecuted.
“I’m appealing to people, especially people using tricycles [as] public transportation system in the metropolis. You’ve got to get them registered. The statistics we have indicate that almost about 80% per cent of the tricycles, they call them yellow yellow… haven’t been registered and if we catch you, we will arrest you and we will prosecute you and when we prosecute you, you either go to jail or you pay a huge fine. The other thing we are looking for is minors. Anybody under the age of 18 should not be driving yellow yellow. It is illegal under the labour laws of this country,” he warned.
The mayor expressed his appreciation to the chiefs and people of Tamale for the support he has enjoyed from them so far.
“Since we started the decongestion and sanitation exercises in Tamale there has been overwhelming support by the people of Tamale, the chiefs in particular, the Imams, the young people of Tamale; everybody in Tamale appreciated this job and they’ve also understood that this job was the gateway to the proper development of the Tamale Metropolitan area.
“What we want the people of Tamale to know is that you must comply with the law; by-laws, national laws, institutional laws [and] policies of the metropolitan assembly. I think it is important I take this opportunity to thank the people of Tamale and the chiefs in particular for their fantastic support,” Mr Superior stressed.
By: Yahaya Masahudu, radiotamale.com