5 November 2013

Liberia: Motorcyclists to Ply Only Community Feeder Roads

Photo: Lamidi Bamidele/Vanguard
Motorcycles have become a major mode of transportation in many parts of Liberia.

The Liberia National Police (LNP) in collaboration with the Ministries of Public Works and Transport has issued new regulations forbidding motorcyclists from plying the main roads in the capital Monrovia.

Speaking in an interview with the Liberia News Agency(LINA) Monday, Police spokesman, Sam Collins, said no motorbike will, beginning Wednesday, November 6, be allowed to ply the main roads of UN Drive, Somalia Drive, ELWA and Tubman Boulevard.

According to the Police Spokesman, all motorcyclists will henceforth be allowed to ply the Pipeline, Neezoe, Chicken Soup Factory, New Georgia and Barnesville feeder roads to covey passengers.

Collins emphasized that no motorbike will be allowed entry to the main roads, stressing that motorcyclists operating in Clara Town and New Kru Town, Matadi and 12th Street communities must only operate in these areas.

Meanwhile, the Vice President for Operations of the Liberia Motorcyclists Transport Union (LMTU), Mr. Prince Sarweh, has announced the arrest of nine additional motorcyclists by the Liberia National Police (LNP).

He disclosed that 19 persons, including non-Motorbike riders, were arrested during the standoff between the police and motorbike riders.

The arrests are in connection with a violent confrontation that resulted to the burning of a transport bus at the Stephen Tolbert Estate junction in Gardnersville near Monrovia.

The LMTU vice president said members of the union were patiently observing the ongoing police investigation, adding, "we will do nothing to undermine the process."

"What we want is a fair and transparent manner of interrogation that will not falsely indict our members", he asserted. Late last month, angry members of the union set ablaze a commercial bus, in revenge for the death of one their colleague identified as Adolphus Korfa who was killed by the vehicle in an accident in Gardnersville in Monrovia.

Police spokesman Collins has meanwhile denied knowledge of the arrest of the nine motorcyclists as claimed by Sarweh.

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