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“Aboboyaa” banned on Accra-Takoradi highway

Aboboyaa on Tema Motorway

Aboboyaa on Tema Motorway

The Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly has banned the use of motorised tricycles, popularly known as “aboboyaa” on the Accra-Takoradi highway.

A statement issued by the assembly on Friday said the directive takes effect from Monday 15 November.

“Person below the age of 25 years are banned from riding tricycles as provided by law. Unregistered tricycles and unlicenced riders are banned from operations,” the statement added.

It also said all tricycle operations should be between the hours of 6am to 5pm.

Below is the full statement:

Restriction of “aboboyaa” in Accra

Meanwhile, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, has announced that restrictions on the use of “aboboyaa” on principal streets in the region will start from 1 November.

The exercise will kick off with the imposition of the rule on the Tema Motorway.

Speaking to Beatrice Adu on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Friday (22 October), the Regional Minister said: “In collaboration with assemblies along the stretch of the motorway that will be announced, we will give them a one-week grace period.

“So, effective 1 November, tricycles cannot and will not be allowed to ride on the motorway. So, after the 90 days period, they will be restricted to their respective assemblies rather than on the principal streets …

“Effective 1 November, as for the Tema Motorway they cannot ride on it. They can continue their business in other areas.”

See the benefit

Quartey said the leaders of tricycle operators’ groups are aligned with the new arrangement.

“But within the 90-day period there will be a lot of engagements, I have already engaged the leadership of the tricycle users, and they have understood what we are saying – that it is rather to their benefit.”

The new move aims at strict compliance and enforcement of the Road Traffic Regulations 2012 (LI 2180) for motorbike riders, to clear abandoned vehicles from the streets and also to ban tricycles (aboboyaa) from using the region’s highways and the principal streets in Accra.

Fred Dzakpata

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