Motorists Decry Menace Of Motorcycle, Tricycle Riders On Delta HighWays

Rita Enemuru, Reporting

Some concerned motorists plying the ever-busy Warri NPA – Effurun ExpressWay have bemoaned the menacing unlawful activities of commercial tricycle (keke) and motorcycle (okada) riders.

The motorists, most of whom are commercial mini bus (kelegbe) drivers accused keke and okada riders of constituting a nuisance to other road users at Ugbuwangue and Ekpan areas of the ExpressWay.

One of the complainants, Jones Iniovosa, a minibus driver, alleged that keke and okada riders break traffic rules with impunity.

He, however, alleged that most of the kekes and okadas in the said areas are owned by police and military men.

“That is why they (keke and okada riders) are treated as ‘kings’ of the road even by government traffic officials.

“So, you have to avoid them if you do not want to be molested by their Ogas,” Mr Iniovosa added.

A private car owner, who simply identified himself as Jeme and a staff of one of the oil companies in Ekpan, expressed fear that the menace of keke and okada riders may cause a major traffic disaster if nothing was done to check their excesses.

According to Mr Jeme, the said areas are major routes of heavy duty vehicles particularly fuel tankers.

He noted that the said heavy duty vehicles were always in the speed of lightning.

Meanwhile, Stonix News recalled that the ban on use of commercial motorcycles and tricycles on the high is still in force, but hardly executed by security and traffic agents across the state.

The extant laws prohibiting the two mode of transportation in the state which were enacted by the Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan administration restricted commercial motorcyclists and tricyclists to remote areas of the state.

However, Stonix News also recalled that the Delta State government sometimes in June 2022 in Warri retreated the ban on tricycles from plying federal highways following the public outcry over the danger posed to commuters.

The State Taskforce Chairman on Environment, Sylvester Oromoni, then told journalists at the Government House, Annex, Warri, during a meeting with Tricycle Union Executive of both Warri and Uvwie local government areas, that anyone found violating the directive would pay a fine of N20,000.

The taskforce chairman had added that prohibited routes in Delta State for tricyles included Asaba Onitsha ExpressWay, Asaba, NPA ExpressWay, Warri, DSC ExpressWay, Udu, Effurrun Roundabout to Oghara ExpressWay, PTI Junction to Abraka-Agbor axis, DSC Roundabout to Ughelli, Patani and Ozoro, Kwale- Asaba.

He had stressed that only buses, taxis and other four-wheel vehicles were allowed to ply such routes, adding that the essence of the directive was to reduce unavoidable fatal accidents and also to control heavy traffic jams on the highways.

Checks by Stonix News showed that impunity has become the watchword since then took date in all the routes commercial motorcycle and tricyclists are to ply.











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