Regional News of Thursday, 24 October 2013
Source: Daily Graphic
The Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Dr Alfred Vanderpuije, has assured drivers and transport owners that there are no restrictions on the movement of all properly registered taxis and other public transport vehicles within the Accra metropolis.
Addressing a press conference in Accra last Tuesday, he said the right to operate public transport in Ghana was not an individual right.
“The government, the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) have the right to determine who it permits to operate urban passenger transport services within its jurisdictions,” he said.
Dr Vanderpuije, who is the Chairman of the Steering Committee on Urban Transportation, said the enforcement of the urban transport service bye-laws would facilitate the identification of transport operators.
That, he said, would ensure the setting up of standards as prescribed by the assemblies in the interest of public safety, security and order.
The AMA Chief Executive said the bye-law required that all providers of the urban public transport service (including the trotros and taxis) must have the requisite valid permits issued by the relevant assemblies.
He said the 13 assemblies in the AMA and Kasoa in the Central Region, would undergo an educational campaign to sensitise all transport operators and the general public about the transport regulations and registration procedures.
Dr Vanderpuije said under the educational campaign, all commercial transport operators must operate under a permit issued by the relevant assemblies.
He added that the registration of transport operators should only be through a recognised road transport organisation/ entity.
He said “permit documents including route operating permit, valid vehicle sticker and valid commercial drivers permit must be issued by the relevant assemblies.
“We wish to strongly emphasise that the MMDAs are not compelling any individual to belong to any group or association,” he said.
Dr Vanderpuije assured that educational and enforcement campaigns would continue to ensure that a lot more of the illegal operators complied with the regulations.
He appealed to interested stakeholders, transport operators and the public to support the reform process to enable the government to deliver its promise of making the transport sector in Ghana a better one.