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Drivers fight Mahama over promise to legalise okada business

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The Ghana Committed Drivers Association (GCDA) has said former President John Mahama should be prosecuted for encouraging okada business (use of motorcycle for commercial purposes) when he knows it is illegal.

The group say they do not support Mr Mahama’s promise to legalise the business if he becomes president again.

The drivers say there are laws that clearly spell out that okada is illegal and, therefore, should not be entertained.

Mr Mahama, while on a campaign tour at Kpando in the Volta Region on Friday, 21 August 2020, promised the make the business legal.

Mr Mahama has won the support of Okada riders in the Greater Accra region who have promised to support any government that supports their business.

But the committed drivers in a statement noted that: “The preposterous argument made by former President Mahama that okada has come to stay, so, it should be legalised, must be treated with the contempt it deserves. Who made it come to stay?”

“President Mahama cannot seek our votes to come back to power and tell us SAKAWA (internet fraud) is so pervasive and, therefore, must be legalised. Absolute drivel!” the drivers charged.

“We have heard the former President Mahama. What is His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo’s take on this menace that is taking away lives needlessly? We keenly await his response with bated breath!” they added.

Find below the full statement from the drivers:

LEGALISATION OF ILLEGAL OKADA OPERATIONS.

FMR PREZ JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA MUST BE PROSECUTED FOR BREAKING THE ROAD LAW – FOR INTRODUCING AND LAUNCHING MAHAMA CAN DO (CAMBOO).

Former President John DRAMANI Mahama has opined that he would legalize the use of motorcycles and tricycles for fare-paying passenger service popularly known as ‘Okada’ & Mahama Camboo should he be voted back into office as President.

The Road Traffic Regulations, 2012 (LI 2180) Sub-regulations 128 & 84 states expressly;

PROHIBITION OF MOTORCYCLE OR TRICYCLE FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES

Sub-Regulation 128

128.1_ The Licensing Authority SHALL not register a motorcycle or tricycle to carry a fare-paying passenger.

128.2_ A person shall not use or permit a motorcycle or tricycle over which that person exercises control to be used for commercial purposes except for courier and delivery services.

128.3_ A person shall not ride on a motorcycle or tricycle as a fare-paying passenger.

128.4_ A person who contravenes sub-regulation (1), (2), or (3) commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than twenty-five penalty units or to a term of imprisonment of not more than thirty days or to both.

Sub-regulation 84

COMPULSORY WEARING OF PROTECTIVE CLOTHING IN RESPECT OF MOTORCYCLE

84.1_ A person SHALL not ride or be a pillion rider on a motorcycle, motor tricycle or a quadruple cycle, or in a sidecar attached to a motorcycle, unless that person wears _ reflective clothing and a protective helmet that

84(a)_ is specially designed for use in connection with the cycle, and

84(b)_ fits properly with the chin strap properly fastened under the chin.

84.2_ A person riding a motorcycle, motor tricycle or motor quadruple-cycle SHALL ensure that a pillion rider in or on the cycle who is younger than eighteen years old, complies with sub-regulation (1).

84.3_ A person who contravenes sub-regulation (1), (2), or (3) commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than fifty penalty units or to a term of imprisonment of not more than three months or to both.

The aforementioned Road Traffic Regulations was passed in 2012 during the tenure of former President John Dramani Mahama as Vice President/President. That made the usage of motorcycles and tricycles for Okada and Mahama Can Do taxi operations illegal.

In 2015/16, it can be recounted that Fmr President Mahama expressly captured in the infamous ‘Green Book of Achievements’ that was written by the National Democratic Congress led by President John Dramani Mahama to prosecute the 2016 general elections; that they were going to use the tricycles dubbed as ‘Mahama Can Do’ to alleviate poverty in the then three Northern regions. A court action was instituted by Road Safety Advocates Ghana -RoSAG, still pending albeit sine die in court, to stop the policy initiative.

The breach of the regulation 128, right on the heels of its passage in 2012, when Mr Mahama was President tells you he is not law-abiding but just vying to become president again for his own parochial selfish interest and personal aggrandizement.

The preposterous argument made by Fmr President Mahama that okada has come to stay so it should be legalized must be treated with the contempt it deserves. Who made it come to stay?

President Mahama cannot seek our votes to come back to power and tell us SAKAWA (internet fraud) is so pervasive and therefore must be legalized. Absolute drivel!

All told, President Mahama has declared his intention to legalize the Okada menace and regulate it.

What is the current ruling government saying on this subject matter? It may be recalled not long ago, taxpayers money was used by the Ministry of Transport on a nationwide stakeholders’ engagement tour, to solicit views on whether or not, the Okada operations should be legalised. As we write, there is a report on the nationwide stakeholders’ engagements sitting in Cabinet to be deliberated upon.

We have heard the Fmr President Mahama! What is His Excellency President Nana Akuffo-Addo take on this menace that is taking away lives needlessly?

We keenly await his response with bated breath!

God bless our homeland Ghana!

Signed

Charles Danso – (Chairman)

Committed Drivers Association

0244 233 929 / 0204 233 929

 

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