The Assistant Commander of the Liberia National Police (LNP) has said the lack of logistics and proper road connectivity remain critical factors that impede the smooth operations of the LNP, especially the division of traffic. According to Mr. John Saar, the "lack of better roads network and toll truck" are sometimes responsible for the congestion of traffic in Monrovia and other parts adjacent.
He said the scarcity of a LNP-owned toll truck makes it very difficult to remove defected or "breakdown" vehicles from the road. He made these comments on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 in an interview with this paper in Monrovia. According to him, LNP officers sometimes use their "bare hands" to take away breakdown vehicles from the road. Mr. Saar disclosed that the LNP is currently partnering with the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) in order to ensure that "breakdown or accident" vehicles are taken off the streets in a timely manner.
The assistant LNP Commander said the said swelling of the urban population also contributes to the congestion of traffic. Despite the challenges, he said the LNP remains committed to ensuring the free movement of vehicles and people in Monrovia and other parts of the country. "Logistical support including the availability of toll truck remains a major challenge to the LNP. Toll truck is so important especially for the division of traffic at the LNP. When there is a major break down or accident along the route, people call us to remove those cars. But they don't know how we remove them. We used our bare hands to remove these cars from the road. When it is a truck, we have to go around begging other truck operators or owners to come and help us," he stated.
The LNP Director of Traffic continued: "The lack of toll truck is a key issue that is hindering the traffic division of the LNP. The growing number of people and the vehicles coming into the country are also factors that caused traffic in some areas. More than 50 vehicles come into the country on a daily basis. What we need to be done right now is the development of more new roads. We hope that this year more logistics would be provided so as to help us become more effective and efficient." Mr. Saar lamented that the ongoing installation of traffic lights at strategic points in Monrovia and other areas by the Ministry of Public Works is also helping to ease traffic congestion.
Meanwhile, the LNP official has named the introduction of the road safety campaign for students, enforcement and regulation of taxi cabs, and the clearing of petty traders and vendors from principle streets in Monrovia as some of the major achievements of the Division of Traffic at the LNP for the year under review