The Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council (GARCC) has reinforced its ban on the operation of tricycles, popularly known as “Pragyia” and “Aboboyaa”, on some principal streets in Accra.
The affected areas include 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.
The rest are the Ayawaso East, Ayawaso West, Ayawaso Central, Ayawaso North, Ledzokuku, Okaikwei North, and Adentan Municipal Assemblies.
The ban is in line with regulation 128 (1-4) of the Road Traffic Regulations 2012 which states that: “The licensing authority shall not register a motorcycle to carry a fare-paying passenger.”
The ban was announced by the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, during the GARCC general meeting held last Tuesday.
The GARCC, the highest decision-making body of the region, released a press statement to reaffirm the decision.
The move comes after grave concerns about the unregulated activities and operation of the tricycles which have often resulted in heavy traffic congestion, chaotic scenes, and indiscriminate parking and flouting of traffic regulations, among others.
“The council, therefore, deems it very imperative and urgent to regulate the movement of these pragyias and aboboyaas and create a conducive environment for businesses to thrive and for the comfort of travelers,” the minister said.
“We urge all citizens in the Greater Accra Region to support this campaign in our collective efforts to make Greater Accra work,” he added.
The ban on aboboyaa on Accra highways was first announced by the Regional Minister in November 2021 to curb the spate of gross indiscipline on major roads in the region.