Mr David Adonteng, the Director of Programmes and Planning at the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has said out of the total of 411 road accident deaths recorded between January and February this year, 108 deaths arethrough motorcycles and tricycles accidents.
He said, statistics indicated that around the year 2010, the country was recording 210 deaths annually through motorcycle and tricycles accidents, however, the figure short up and as at 2016, 437 deaths was recorded.
Mr Adonteng was speaking at the stakeholders’ consultation and proposed amendments to the road traffic regulations 2012, Legislative Instrument (L.I.) 2180 and commercial use of motorcycles and tricycles programme organised in Koforidua.
The programme, which had already been held in Greater Accra Region and the Volta Region was expected to be held across the country.
He explained that motorcycles and tricycles were now being commercialised such that a third party was carried for a charge which was against the law passed in 2012, therefore the need to amend the law or uphold it .
Mr Adonteng said motorcycles and tricycles were used as waste collectors and ambulances as well and normally placed corpses in the middle to divert the attention of the police.
Mr Adonteng said, most current commercial riders are reckless , break traffic rules, speed, overload and disregard intersection as if they were not regulated.
He said most riders were young and about 55 per cent of them were not married and therefore had less responsibilities.
Mr Adonteng said, motorcycle passengers refused to wear their helmets because they were afraid of contracting diseases since they were not the only ones who wore them and stressed that the police were finding it difficult to manage them.
He said, a police survey established that there was too much interference especially from political heads in the country when enforcing the law and called for a reflection on the situation on the ground especially the interest of deprived and isolated communities in considering any amendment of the law .
He said, most remote areas within the country had no means of transportation and the cycles could be used during times of emergency. emergency.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Eric Kwakye Darfour said, most riders had no driving licenses and therefore misbehaved on the roads and called for a second look at their activities.
As part of the programme, participants were divided into three groups to have a close discussion on legalisation of the cycles for commercial purposes, their regulation and enforcement.