The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey held a consultative meeting to ban “Aboboyaa” on highways within the regional capital. The meeting was to conclude consultations for a bye-law to enhance compliance with the Road Traffic Regulations (2012) LI 2180.
The bye-law according to the Regional Minister will ensure road regulations for motorbike riders are enforced. He also addressed the issue of abandoned vehicles on the streets. Due to the regulation, tricycles also known as “Aboboyaa” will be banned from using the highways and principal streets in the capital.
In 2012, the use of motorbikes for commercial transport in Ghana was outlawed under Regulation 128 (1 – 4) of Road Traffic Regulations 2012, which states: “The licensing authority shall not register a motorcycle to carry a fare-paying passenger.”
The debate on the legalisation of “okada” came up strongly during the run-up to the December 2020 general elections following a promise by the then Presidential Candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress, John Mahama to allow it and regularize it.
The meeting was attended by the Greater Accra Parliamentary Caucus of both the NPP and NDC, Council of State Members, Representative from the Office of the Attorney General, Ghana Police Service, DVLA Transport Unions, and the Ministry of Roads and Highways.