B/A Road Safety threatens to fight use of ‘Mahama Camboo’ as taxis

The Coordinator of the Brong Ahafo Regional Road Safety Commission says his outfit will fight the use of tricycles for carrying passengers in the region.

According to Agyabeng Mensah, the act is unlawful and violates the road traffic regulation, LI 21/80, regulation 128, which prohibits the use of motorcycle or tricycle for commercial purposes.

“As a commission whether the Police will act or not, we will fight this menace,” he stated.

In April this year, Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) distributed 120 tricycles to young people in the Upper East and Northern regions.

MASLOC, is a microfinance body established in 2006 for the implementation of Government of Ghana’s (GoG) microfinance programmes targeted at reducing poverty, creating jobs and wealth.

The tricycles which have been nick-named “Mahama Camboo” were given to the youth to be used as taxis to help reduce the transportation difficulties in the regions.

On a two-day working visit to the Upper West Region,President John Dramani Mahama on Monday entered the Wa Township in a tricycle.

The tricycles are used in the Northern Region as taxis.

Recently, about ten of the tricycles were spotted at the Sunyani Coronation Park.

According to the Road Safety Coordinator, the norm will be transferred to the Brong Ahafo Region if it is not checked at “its early stage”.

He said regulating the use of the emerging tricycle in the region has become a problem because it is being distributed by government through MALSOC.

“It is very difficult to comment on this unfortunate phenomenon because the drivers say it is registered by MASLOC which is a government project so we are very careful when we are talking about it,”’ he said.

He called on the executives of MASLOC to help regulate the use of the tricycle.

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