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Ghana reports nearly 1000 motorcyclist deaths in 2019

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The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has said that 732 persons died via motorcycle accidents between January and December 2019.

The NRSC has therefore called for a new policy direction on the use of motorcycles and tricycles for commercial purposes in the country.

The commercial use of motorcycles is known as “Okada” in Ghana, a word that was borrowed from neighbouring Nigeria, where it is very popular.

On Tuesday, 14 January 2020, the Daily Graphic reported that the Director of Planning and Programmes of the NRSC, David Osafo Adonteng, said: “We think that there should be a new policy direction regarding the use of motorcycles and tricycles. This is because much as we think that the law has provided that it is illegal to use them for fare-paying, we see it happening.”

He then urged the Ministry of Transport to lead the way towards making the roads safer for commuters who opt for such services.


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