Tricycle : aàGovt.’ll not Tolerate Other Groups Except UTORAAS- Transport Commissioner

Tricycle : aàGovt.’ll not Tolerate Other Groups Except UTORAAS- Transport Commissioner
By Alphonsus Nweze

The Anambra State Government has warned that it will not tolerate any other group in Keke transport in the State except the presently existing United Tricycle Owners and Riders of Anambra State (UTORAAS).

The representative of the immediate State Commissioner for Transport, during the public enlightenment organised for Motor Tricycles operators in Onitsha, Mr. Onunkwo Stanley, cautioned that any other splinter group trying to spring up will incur the wrath of the State Government.
He said the essence of unified Keke levy, which allows every operator to pay N450 daily was to discourage multiple levies that was existing before now.
He advised every tricycle operators to brand his/her tricycle, so that they will not attract penalty from the Ministry when they begin to enforce it.
He reiterated that the essence of branding the tricycles operating in the State was for security purposes.
He said ” go and brand your Keke now before we start enforcing it from the Ministry, which we will do soon. The Government is interested in Keke operators because the numbers are high. So, Government has special interest in Keke people”
He said this type of public enlightenment will soon hold in two other Senatorial zones of the State.
Speaking to newsmen after the programme, the chairman of UTORAAS, Sylvester Obiorah, expressed happiness over the success of the enlightenment programme, stressing that it was important to organise the event because their business has to do with the lives of road Users.
He said ” the public are not satisfied with the way we operate on the road. Hence, we called the relevant stakeholders to lecture us on where we are not doing well”

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Noting that some of his members engage in reckless driving , the chairman said they considered it worthy to invite experts to talk to them.
He was convinced that those of his members who were reckless would now have a change of mind and imoproved their use of the road after the public enlightenment.
He appealed to the members of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), to allow his members to carry four passengers but stated that carrying five was not only illegal but dangerous.
The highlights of the occasion were the lectures from Road Safety and Vehicle Inspection Officers, who stressed the need for the Keke drivers to operate within the ambit of the law.
It was also agreed that the VIO unit of the State Ministry of Transport should quicken the issuance of Keke divers’ permit to reduce the harassment, intimidation and extortion from the members of the Police.

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