Dar es Salaam City Council has embarked on a plan to control haphazard parking of vehicles on road sides in an attempt to unlock city roads from seemingly persistent traffic jams.
It is estimated that thousands of productive manhours are lost on city road due to endless traffic jams, especially at road junctions with traffic lights.
Launching the plan recently, Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Meck Sadiki said that the initiative, to involve traffic police and city militia, aimed at ensuring that vehicles were not parked on road sides to stem traffic jams.
“Government vehicles have also been a notorious part of this problem where the drivers feel like they are above the law, thus parking anywhere they choose to. They shouldn’t be tolerated, and the same measures which apply to other drivers should apply to them too,” the RC said.
He reiterated the order for traffic police to control long-haul trucks, especially those with semi-trailers, from going into the city centre, saying they disrupt traffic movement and worsen traffic jams.
With regard to street vendors, especially those located on service roads and pavements, Sadiki ordered for their removal since they misuse space reserved for pedestrians, who are often have to use the main roads, exposing themselves to road accidents
He also ordered taxi motorcycles, popularly known as bodaboda, to be registered in order to differentiate them from those for private use.
Sadiki cautioned traffic police and city militia against accepting or demanding bribes from motorists, saying the malpractice tarnished their image.