Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Tricycle Ban: FCTA plans for more high capacity buses

As part of plans to cushion the effect of the recent restriction of commercial tricycles to designated areas, FCT Administration said it has increased the number of high capacity buses to cover the routes illegally plied by the commercial tricycles.

The minister, Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello, the recently commissioned Abuja Light Rail will also serve as alternative mode transport for residents.

Speaking at the public presentation of the road traffic policy for a Safe, Functional and Efficient transport system for the nation’s Federal Capital, Bello said that the reinvigorated road traffic policy is intended to save lives on the roads and not to inflict hardship on residents of the FCT.

The Minister assured that additional coaches will be made available for the Abuja light rail before the middle of next year while ten additional metro stations on the Abuja Airport line will be opened. This he said will ease the traffic on the roads.

He said “on our part as an Administration, we are doing our very best to provide additional high capacity buses. We are also making much easier the process of registration of companies or persons that want to provide taxi services, as long as the vehicle meets the minimum standard that is required by law. I would also want to mention that as you know, the Abuja light rail is already operational. By the middle of next year, a substantial number of coaches that are under construction now would have arrived and about 10 additional stations on the metro stations to Abuja airport line would have been opened and then we would have train probably moving almost in intervals of 30 minutes”, he said.

Malam Bello also called on investors in the transport sector to partner with the FCTA to help cushion the effects of enforcement of the traffic rules and regulations, adding that requirements for the registration of taxis/cabs have been made easy to encourage more participants.

The Minister explained that the collaborative measures taken by the FCT Administration and the various security agencies in the FCT were geared towards ensuring that all traffic regulations are followed to save lives and ensure a safer city.

While stressing that there was no ban on commercial tricycles and commercial motorcycles in the city center, the Minister emphasized that the law does not permit them on expressways or driving against traffic as they are inclined to do, adding that there are designated areas for each of them to operate. He explained: “What we are saying is that the laws are very clear. There are designated areas allowed for motorcycles. There are designated areas allowed for tricycles and what we are trying to do is to emphasize that”.

Also speaking at the event, the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi said 20 patrol vans and 350 personnel have been deployed to the FCTA in furtherance of the cause.

He reiterated the commitment of the FRSC to work very closely with the FCTA for the success of the Safe Functional and Efficient traffic managemnet policy of the FCTA.

In his welcome address, the FCTA Permanent Secretary had said that what was being witnessed today was the culmination of several months of systematic assessment of the traffic and public transportation situation in the FCT and careful planning and strategic meetings at the highest levels to come up with policies that will be of benefit to the greater number of people in the FCT.

 

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