Concord Times (Freetown)

14 June 2012

Sierra Leone: Crackdown On Right-Hand Vehicles - Police Arrest Over 100

National Traffic Coordinator of the Sierra Leone Police yesterday revealed to Concord Times that more than a hundred right-hand vehicles have been arrested across the country for what he referred to as their life-threatening tendency.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Ambrose M. Sovula explained that many lives have been jeopardized with the use of right-hand vehicles as some passengers have to board them by using the left side of the vehicle which is usually exposed to oncoming vehicles.

He said the arrests they made so far were justified by the Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority's Regulation No.73 of 2011, which gives them the mandate to arrest and charge such vehicles to court.

"SLRTA Regulation No.73 of 2011 gives us the mandate to arrest all right-hand vehicles and charge them to court. Police are currently in full swing operation on the streets. We will charge any defaulter, be you government official or not. We will leave no stone unturned as long as we are working within the ambit of the law. Ignorance of the law is no excuse," he stated and promised that the police would be robust in their operations and that they will have no fear to target any right-hand vehicle regardless of the owner.

ASP Sovula expressed optimism that auto accidents would lessen if right-hand drive vehicles are rid of the roads. He said they are placing more premium on commercial vehicles because they carry many commuters.

He added that the operation is monitored by other divisions within the police force.

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