Transport Minister-designate, Kwasi Ofori Asiamah has indicated that government currently has no plans to legalize the commercial use of motorcycles popularly known as okada.
Speaking during his vetting, he noted that the current conditions pertaining to traffic regulations and enforcements do not give room for okadas to operate.
“We have an issue of enforcement in this country and based on what is pertaining on the ground today it will be difficult for me to lead the legalization of okada,” Mr Asiamah said.
He continued: “Mr Chairman in 2010 the people who died out of motorcycles accidents was 210. The 2020 figures, out of 250,000 who died from road accidents, 1050 is as a result of motorcycles.”
Nevertheless, he added that the government might consider a stakeholder conversation if traffic regulations and its enforcement improves significantly.
“Thankfully the police are trying to modernise their system of traffic control. If by tomorrow the condition in terms of traffic management, in terms of enforcing regulations becomes conducive, why not? We will assess it.”