TMA inaugurates joint task force on public transport

By
Laudia Sawer, GNA
    

Tema, Oct. 24, GNA – The Tema Metropolitan
Assembly (TMA) has inaugurated a 13-member joint task force to sanitize
transport operations in the Metropolis.

The task force is made up of representatives
from the TMA, Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), Tema Cooperative
Transport Society and the Motor Transport Traffic Department (MTTD) of the
Ghana Police Service.

The terms of reference for the task force
included,: ensuring that transport business was carried out from approved
locations within the Metropolis, identify and disband transport activities at
illegal points.

Others included, to ensure that users of
transport terminals honour their financial and other obligations to the
Assembly in accordance with the Assembly’s procedures.

Mr Felix Mensah Nii Anang-La, Tema
Metropolitan Chief Executive, inuagurating the task force, said sanitizing
transport operations in the Metropolis and enforce the Assembly’s regulatory
reforms were non-negotiable.

Mr Anang-La added that even though transport
was supposed to be sanctioned by bye laws, recent happenings within the
Metropolis indicated that a number of operations continued to spring up at
unauthorized places.

According to him, such activities apart from
disturbing the businesses of registered transport entities, it also caused
congestion, increase travel time and caused accidents.

He noted that the TMA had witnessed several
instances of Unions particularly GPRTU engaging their men on the roads to
undertake enforcement to protect their businesses from the threat of
unregistered floaters saying “the way these motives are executed without
any form of external regulation makes them illegal”.

The MCE said it was for that reason that the
TMA decided to partner the Unions to conduct such activities so as to prevent
excesses and abuse whilst maintaining a peaceful coexistence among stakeholders.

Cheif Superintendent Joseph Owusu Bempah, Tema
Regional MTTD Commander, said there was so much indiscipline on the roads in
the Region leading to a number of accidents and deaths.

Chief Superintendent Owusu-Bempah added that
most drivers in Tema would resort to driving on the shoulders of the road
whenever there was traffic without considering the possibility of knocking down
pedestrains.

Mr Benjamin Hackman, General Secretary of the
Tema Cooperativr Transport Society thanked the Assembly for the formation of
the task force and expressed hope that the relationship would yield the
expected results.

GNA

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