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-Deputy Police Director

Police deputy inspector general for operation Col. Marvin Sackor says recent restriction imposed on commercial motorbikes and tricycles from plying central Monrovia is meant to avoid frequent road accidents and save lives in the country.

“We didn’t put sanction on motorbike and tricycle riders to put the youthful population out of jobs, but we did that to reduce the huge number of road accidents as the result of their motorcycles”, he says.

Col. Sackor made the clarification Wednesday, January 6, 2021 when he spoke to reporters in Monrovia. According to him, Police authorities had meeting with the leadership of the federation motorcycle union, cognizant that some of them tax payers.

“In the meeting we told them that due to our road safety statistics, there is huge number of accidents and based on the statistics, we told them we were going back to status code anti, where there will be demarcation and they will only be allowed to ply the feeder roads.”

Col. Sackor narrates that in the meeting, the leadership of the motorcycle union appealed and they were allowed to speak, but the Police will not compromise public safety.

However, he notes that motorcycles coming from Brewerville, Montrserrado County may use the back road to get to Logan town and then Somali Drive, instead of the main route from Monrovia to Duala, Bushrod Island, while tricycles are only permitted to ply the route to the Waterside General Market.

At the same Col. Sackor observes government and private institutions also use motorcycles, but owners of those bikes should proceed to the National Police Headquarters on Capitol Hill to obtain passes that will allow them move freely.

Recently, the government, thru the Police barred commercial bike and tricycle riders from plying to Central Monrovia, but the riders, majority of the youth are protesting and saying this is an attempt by the authorities to render them jobless.

By Lewis S. Teh–Editing by Jonathan Browne

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