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Dar RC orders registration of tricycles

9th April 2012
Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner (RC) Said Meck Sadiki

Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner (RC) Said Meck Sadiki has ordered the authorities to register all tricycles commonly known as Bodabodas in the region and distinguish between commercial and private tricycles.

He made the remarks recently at the launch of Ilala traffic wardens as an organ that could help the traffic police enforce road traffic rules and regulations.

Sadiki said the tricycles as an alternative means of transport in the city were jeopardising people's lives since they somehow contributed to preventable road accidents.

"Although the parliament has allowed the tricycles to operate outside the city centre, still there is a need to register them according to their use including allocating a park for them.

This move will reduce or eliminate rampant traffic jams especially in the city and reduce crime," he said.

The RC urged road users to obey the road traffic rules and regulations instead of breaching them. He also directed petty traders to stop displaying their commodities on service roads and at bus stations since doing so denied the rights of other road users particularly pedestrians.

He said the service roads were for pedestrians and emergence use for motorists who had a breakdown but not for truck parks.

However, he called upon the traffic wardens to arrest all motorists, who would be found parking their vehicles on the service roads regardless their social or political status for nobody was above the law.

For his part, traffic police chief Mohamed Mpinga said they had trained at least 40 traffic wardens in Ilala municipality to deal with vehicles and sensitise road users on the road traffic rules and regulations.

"We are hopeful that this exercise will work well and reduce road accidents," he said.

One of Ilala traffic wardens, Tumaini Francis, asked the road users to collaborate with them and support the government to improve road services, understand road traffic rules and regulations and avoid unnecessary accidents.

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