Okada, pragia operators to be prosecuted for traffic offences in A/R

Okada, pragia operators to be prosecuted for traffic offences in A/R
Rickshaw, popularly known in some parts of Ghana as 'pragia'

The Ashanti Regional Security Council – REGSEC has directed the Motor Traffic and Transport Department – MTTD, of the Regional Police Command, to arrest and prosecute users of motorbikes and rickshaw – pragia operators who go against the traffic regulations.

This is expected to help bring sanity on roads in the region, following what was described as the blatant disregard of traffic regulations.

REGSEC in a statement signed by the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah, said it has “observed with grave concern the blatant way riders of tricycles, and motorbikes flout traffic regulations on our roads with impunity.”

The situation was said to have resulted in deaths and injuries to innocent citizens.

Furthermore, the statement said not only are the activities of the riders of the tricycles on the rods and highways a nuisance to other road users, but also poses several risks. “The riders drive recklessly and engage in dangerous and wrongful crossing of other road users.

It is against this background that the Police MTTD have been directed to strictly undertake the enforcement of all traffic regulations”.

The latest directive takes effect from Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

The Police are to among others check minors riding tricycles, riders without licenses, riding on the shoulders of the road and riding without helmets.

Those found culpable, according to the statement, would be arrested, processed and prosecuted.

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