Feeling the pain of government’s ban on commercial motorcycling in Ganta, Nimba County, the Liberia Motorcycle Transport Union (LMTU) has proposed a new policy to govern commercial motorcycling across the country.
The new policy would prohibit persons under 18 years of age from operating commercial motorcycles; that they should now run from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to avoid any reoccurrence of motorcyclists being killed under the cover of darkness, as it was allegedly reported in the case in Ganta.
Among other measures, each bike must carry a picture of the particular rider assigned to it, as well as names of bike owners; that all motorbikes be painted with a particular color, according to their location; that no unregistered third party be allowed to operate any commercial motorbike.
LMTU also called for riders to abide by the rule of law by going through proper periodic training in order to keep them informed of the traffic regulations.
While calling on the government to endorse the new policy, they also called for speedy investigation into the death of their member whose gruesome death sparked the recent demonstration in Ganta.
The ban on the movement of commercial motorcycling in Ganta has hampered every activity of the youth, most of who depend on it to sustain themselves.
The September 30 riot, which led to the ban on commercial motorcycling activities in Ganta by the government, was due to the assaults on a police station, the DEA office and the properties of business man Prince Howard.
Mr. Howard, who was accused by the angry crowd for his alleged complicity into the gruesome murder of the cyclist, suffered an arson attack on his Alvino Hotel in Ganta City.
An LMTU official told the Daily Observer that the proposed policy would be presented to the Liberia National Police, the Ministry of Transport and other relevant authorities.