18:27, 25.Jan 2016
Commercial drivers in the Tamale Metropolis in the Northern Region staged a protest on Tuesday to register their displeasure about the increasing use of rickshaws in the area.
The taxi and ‘trotro’ drivers – who left passengers stranded – abandoned their cars and hit the streets to demand that authorities stop the operations of the rickshaws, popularly known as ‘Mahama Camboo.’
The group submitted a petition to Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna, with a determination to seek redress in court if government failed to take immediate action to stop the rickshaws from operating. They argue that the operation of the rickshaws is killing conventional taxi and tro-tro businesses.
The disgruntled drivers believe authorities must be fair in applying the laws of the country. They also submitted petitions to the office of the Northern Regional Minister and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), as well as the Ghana Road Safety Commission, to address the situation.
According to road traffic instrument, LI 21/80, regulation 128 forbids the use of motorcycle or tricycle for commercial purposes.
They have raised concerns about the illegality of the practice and are charging law enforcers to punish those who flout the country’s motor traffic regulations.
The spokesperson for the group, Sherriff McCarthy Frimpong, said: “Their (rickshaws) operations are literally telling us how our constitution looks so weak and how the structures and laws of the country are no longer working.”