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Enforcement of Tricycle ”Pragyia” and ”Aboboyaa” Ban on Major Roads in Accra Strengthened

Enforcement of Tricycle ''Pragyia'' and ''Aboboyaa'' Ban on Major Roads in Accra Strengthened

The Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council (GARCC) has reiterated its prohibition of tricycle operations, colloquially known as “Pragyia” and “Aboboyaa,” along key thoroughfares within Accra.

The affected zones encompass the central business districts (CBDs) of the Accra and Tema Metropolitan Assemblies, as well as the Krowor, Korle Klottey, La Dade Kotopon, and the La Nkwantanang Madina CBDs.

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Additionally, this restriction extends to the Ayawaso East, Ayawaso West, Ayawaso Central, Ayawaso North, Ledzokuku, Okaikwei North, and Adentan Municipal Assemblies.

This decision aligns with regulation 128 (1-4) of the 2012 Road Traffic Regulations, stipulating that “the licensing authority shall not register a motorcycle for transporting fare-paying passengers.”

The proclamation was made by Henry Quartey, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, during the GARCC general meeting held last Tuesday.

The GARCC, being the apex decision-making body of the region, has issued a press release yesterday to reaffirm this resolution.

This step is prompted by grave concerns surrounding the unregulated activities and operations of these tricycles, which have frequently resulted in severe traffic congestion, disorderly scenes, reckless parking, and violations of traffic rules, among other issues.

“The council, therefore, finds it crucial and urgent to regulate the movement of these pragyias and aboboyaas, creating a conducive environment for businesses to flourish and ensuring the comfort of travelers,” stated the minister.

He further urged all citizens in the Greater Accra Region to rally behind this initiative for the betterment of the region.

Initial imposition of restrictions

The prohibition of aboboyaa on Accra’s highways was initially announced by the Regional Minister in November 2021 to address the rising cases of blatant misconduct on major roads within the region.

Initially, all motorized tricycles were required to abstain from using major highways and main streets, limiting their operations to local routes.

This measure aimed to control the unregulated activities and operations of aboboyaa on the Tema Motorway.

However, the implementation date was subsequently shifted to February 1, 2022, to allow for increased engagement, education, and awareness campaigns to ensure the effective execution of the directive.

Nonetheless, despite the ban, compliance has proven challenging as these vehicles continue to operate on major roads within the region.

Minister’s clarification

The minister clarified that although tricycle operators persistently used major roads post-ban, instances of misconduct had diminished.

He expressed his current approach, tasking various assemblies to expedite the passage of a bye-law to limit pragyia operations within their respective areas.

Mr. Quartey emphasized that this measure would empower the law to address offenders.

Regarding the ban on aboboyaa, he mentioned that it had already been enacted as part of the Operation Clean Your Frontage initiative and had been formally published.

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