A Stakeholders' Meeting with African Community Access Partnership (AfCAP) Institutions has been held in Accra today, Tuesday, 17th October, 2017.
The event, themed "Enhancing Understanding on Safe Motorcycle and Three Wheeler Use for Rural Transport and the Implications for Appropriate Training and Regulatory Frameworks", sought to engage Partner Institutions to help identify specific areas for the development of policies and Regulations for the commercialization of Motorcycles and Three Wheelers in the Country.
The project is focussed on conducting a series of reasearch on the safety of motorcycle use for rural commercial transport and other operations in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ghana.
Accordinding to Dr. Paulina Agyekum, Technical Manager, AfCAP West Africa, the one year research will lead to finalization of the research findings needed for the regulation of the motorcycle
transport system and consequently establish appropriate safety procedures for operations.
Ing. Francis Afukaar, Rural Transport Advisor, disclosed that there is the need for research on the subject and called on participants to contribute towards discussion in order to generate the needed response.
He added that the use of motorcycle and three wheelers is beneficial to most rural folks and some urban dwellers and that it is important that the needed regulations and safety measures are put in place.
Participants were drawn from the Ghana Police Service ( MTTD), Department of Feeder Roads, Driver and Vehicle Licencing Authority (DVLA), National Road Safety Commission, Ministry of Roads and Highways and the Ministry of Transport.