7 April 2014

Tanzania: Go Softly On Bodaboda, Dar MP Pleads

UBUNGO lawmaker, Mr John Mnyika (Chadema), has urged the Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Saidi Meck Sadiki, to temporarily suspend the ban for motorcycle taxis and three-wheelers to go into the central business district, with a view to giving room for discussions among the stakeholders.

In a statement availed to 'Daily News', Mr Mnyika said he would also write to the RC asking him to convene a regional consultative meeting to discuss the matter.

He said he had also written to fellow MPs from Dar es Salaam to support his idea. Starting April 1, this year, motorcycle taxis and commercial three-wheelers have been banned from operating in Dar es Salaam's central business district.

"I shall formally write to the RC to urge him convene a regional consultative meeting on the matter. I expect the meeting to be attended by the region's secretariat, Dar es Salaam City Council, the three municipalities of Temeke, Kinondoni and Ilala and other responsible authorities," Mr Mnyika said.

The MP claimed that he had gone through the Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority Act of 2001 and satisfied himself that there was no section that barred motorcycles and rickshaws from operating in the CBD.

"I thus challenge the RC to explain the law he is implementing in banning the two modes of transport from the city centre," the youthful politician charged. Nevertheless, the MP noted that Article 6, Section 38 and 39 of the legislation empowered responsible authorities to formulate regulations to guide the sector.

Mr Mnyika admitted that the Transport Licensing (Motorcycles and Tricycles) Regulations of 2010, empowered local government authorities to allocate areas for parking and areas where the motorcycles and rickshaws can operate.

"Since I was elected as an MP I have been attending meetings at the Kinondoni Municipal Council and the City Council but the ban on the two modes of transport in the CBD has never been discussed," Mr Mnyika said.

Apart from providing city dwellers with cheap and fast transport amid traffic congestion in the city, Mr Mnyika also said the two modes of transport provided jobs to hundreds of youths in the region.

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