14 December 2012

Liberia: In Violatioon of 10p.m Regulation - Over 110 Motorbikes Impounded

The Liberia National Police (LNP) has impounded over 110 motorbikes since the introduction of the 10: o'clock PM regulation for motorcyclists in the country. It can be recalled that recently, the LNP imposed a regulation on "pen pen" riders(motorcyclists) in order to curb the growing wave of criminal activities, including armed robbery in the country.

The action of the LNP stemmed from public outcry that some "pen-pen" riders were allegedly stealing from their passengers and other peaceful citizens, particularly during the night. The decision was taken by the LNP in consultation with the Liberia Motorcycle Transport Union (LMTU) and the Ministry of Transport.

According to LNP Director of Traffic, Mr. John M. Saar, the motorbikes were impounded from commercial motorcyclists in Monrovia and its environs for failing to comply with the 10PM regulation. He made disclosure on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 in Monrovia when he spoke in an interview with reporters.

Speaking further, he said the owners of the motorbikes impounded would pay the amount of US$40 to free their motorbikes after the festive season. Mr. Saar stated that the decision taken by the LNP has drastically helped to reduce the high rate of crimes in the country.

Mr. Saar noted that many of the "pen pen" riders are living up to the regulation, but added that, "only a few are still violating and we are arresting them."

"Since the LNP introduced the regulation for motorcyclists, over 110 motorbikes have been impounded. Some of the motorcyclists are really going in line with this regulation, but few others are not. We are proud to say that this has helped to reduce the high rate of crime to some extent. We are trying very hard to ensure that motorcyclists abide by this regulation. We want them to protect themselves and also their properties. They (motorcyclists) should drive very safely because they are also human and the police care for them," the LNP director of traffic said.

The assistant police commissioner disclosed that the LNP will tomorrow, Saturday, December 15, 2012 commence the implementation of its "Christmas Operation Plan." According to him, the plan is intended to ensure the free movement of pedestrians and vehicles during this festive season.

During the operations, he said the police will setup checkpoints at strategic areas. He added that the police will also intensify their search operations during the exercise.

Meanwhile, the assistant police commissioner has said the pending plan of the LNP is intended to 'back-up' the 100-day plan that is currently ongoing.

Against backdrop, he stressed the need for more budgetary support to the LNP in order for the police to adequate carry out its functions.

He named the lack of 'toll truck' at a major factor for traffic congestion in Monrovia and other parts of the country.

Despite the numerous challenges, he said the LNP remains committed to protecting the lives and properties of all Liberians and foreign nationals residing in the country.

Mr. Saar then called on the public to help the police in combating crimes in the country.

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