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    • Within two days, the police have impounded more than 130 motorbikes and arrested some riders in various parts of Accra for breaching the directive aimed at reducing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

    The Accra Regional Police Command has intensified its operation to arrest recalcitrant members of the public who are flouting the social distancing directive as well as perpetuating crime.

  • A 50-year-old man met his untimely death Friday morning at the Timber Market in Accra when a stray bullet from a police officer who was struggling with an okada rider hit him in the belly.

    • It is a known fact that crime involving motorcycle has been on the increase and it is also true that many of those criminals escape arrest on their motorbikes.

    The Deputy Minister of Transport Mr Titus Glover has advocated a ban on commercial motorcycle riding also known as okada from operating at 9pm to 6am the next day.

    • The initiative was announced by Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia in the build up to the 2020 elections.

    The government says it has acquired mini vehicles to be used for the promised 'Okada for Car' initiative.

    • He said from January to December in 2017, 2,190 motorbikes were involved in crashes, and pointed out that as of September this year, 2,538 motorbike crashes have been recorded.

    The Head of Research and Programmes of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Alexander Kwaku Obeng says the use of motorbikes for commercial purposes has gone beyond police control.

    • It’s been a busy Christmas in the hospital. As traffic built up on roads, even more Okadas have been let loose on unsuspecting pedestrians. They whiz around like missiles on the road, ...

    It has been a memorable Christmas. Hot. And now the harmattan rears its head, like a forgotten belated guest. Suddenly I am reminded of how Christmas was supposed to feel like, with its special morning chill, dry lips, ‘white’ faces, clothes quickly drying on the line. I am not sure how long this will last. The weather has a mind of its own these days. After all, it was raining in November… flooding, even.

  • For most of last month, there was a bed I always stopped at on my morning rounds, I continued stopping there, until he finally left the hospital. Initially it was for his sake, then it became mostly all for mine. There was something about this great person that I needed, to keep me going for the day. He did not need say much, it was just his smile, and his circumstance, and the bravery that put these together in the grimmest of places.

    • He said the exercise follows series of reports from the public about the use of motorcycles by some criminals in committing street robberies and abuse of the road traffic regulations.

    At least 1,000 motorcycles have been impounded by the police in a special operation in the Accra Metropolis.

    • Annoyingly, these “Okada” boys have joined the new set of traders on the pavements making it highly dangerous for pedestrians.

    Written By D. A. M. Adjei - The Deputy Minister of Transport, Mr Titus Glover’s call for a ban on ‘Okada’ riding from 9am to 6am, is the headline of a story publi hed in the Wednesday, March 27 issue of The Ghanaian Times andmakes interesting reading. Yes, it’s interesting thatDeputy Minister of Transport, who is a lawmaker should be calling for some form of a ban for something that shouldn’t be in existence in the first place.

    • In spite of the bad unemployment problem, our graduates are still a really precious resource.

    I was driving out of the University of Ghana when I met her. She was standing at the traffic lights at the main exit of the University, just before hitting the main Madina Airport Road. She looked tired, she must have been begging at the traffic light for most probably the whole day. She had a dark complexion, and very wavy dark hair. She did the usual routine of a sad face on my window, and realising that I really had nothing on me started pointing at something on my dashboard. I kept asking what it was she was looking for, because this was one of those days when there was total disarray from the passenger seat upwards.

    • In some African cities, it has been difficult to control and regulate motorcycle taxis because with time they gain political leverage due to rapid growth in membership. It is therefore important to take the issues highlighted earlier into consideration before taking a stance on whether or not to legalize the use of “okada”.

    The Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei-Sowah, who is also a Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) Advocate shares his view from the Accra City Hall on the “okada” phenomenon: to legalise or not to legalise?

    • That statistic is not surprising to me, in a country that, until recently, had not regarded bicycles and motorcycles as a means of transportation.

    Written By Caroline Boateng - The "beauty" (sarcasm intended here) about commercial motor riders, popularly referred to as 'okada', is that most drivers do not see them until they suddenly bear down on you.
    They suddenly appear, always at the blind side of drivers, accounting for the recorded fatalities.

    • Commercial motorbikes, popularly known as Okada, have unleashed terror on our roads and yet they are outlawed in our country’s statute books. They are totally out of hand now, doing all the unthinkable; breaking road traffic regulations and endangering lives and properties. Amazingly, new ones are being registered every day,...

    Written By Vicky Wireko - A group of us were in a bus the other day for church duties when suddenly, a commuter bus (tro-tro) driver made while holding his mobile phone to his ear with one hand negotiated a U-turn dangerously with the other hand.

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