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Ghana bans drivers use of mobile phone, motorcycle taxis

Les mototaxis sont un moyen de transport populaire en Afrique de l'ouestLes mototaxis sont un moyen de transport populaire en Afrique de l'ouest
July 11, 2012

A new law has been passed in Ghana banning the use of mobile phone while driving, with authorities citing serious safety reasons.

The authorities have also banned the use of motorcycle as taxis,  popularly called “okada”.

Both laws come into force immediately.

Some Ghanaians interviews by West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR) on Tuesday expressed support for the decision to ban used of mobile phone by drivers, something they saw has been proven to be very dangerous and accounts for large number of road crashes in the country.

According to the law, drivers caught sending text messages or using ear piece while driving will be penalized, because such act violates the country’s Road Traffic Regulations, which have now been approved by Parliament.

Click audio below to listen to a report by WADR’s Accra Correspondent Kofi Agyepong.

Sierra Leone motorcycle taxi safety concerns mount

In Sierra Leone, motorcycle taxis have not been banned, but as their numbers increase on streets of the West African country, so too are accidents, which are sometimes fatal.

Locally referred to as “Okada,” these motorcycle taxis can be seen across the country.

While it’s true that this is providing employment for hundreds of young people in this post-war nation, the increasing number of accidents involving motorcycle taxis on the country’s roads has raised serious concerns in many quarters.

Some blame it on the absence of regulations/traffic rules enforcement, while others on mere recklessness of many riders.

WADR’s Freetown correspondent Mohamed Konneh has been finding out and he now reports.

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