The Ministry of Transport has disclosed the opening of three new vehicle registration centers in rural Liberia.
Minister Angela Cassell Bush made the disclosure on Thursday at the Ministry of Information’s press briefing in Monrovia.
Minister Bush said the ministry is targeting three counties for the new centers, naming Ganta City, in Nimba, Zwedru in Grand Gedeh and Gbarnga in Bong County as part of the government’s decentralization program.
She pointed out that the three new centers will enable vehicle owners and drivers to register their vehicles or obtain drivers’ licenses without having to travel to Monrovia.
“The ministry has also taken some new internal measures to assure fairness in the distribution of license plates and orderliness in how they are processed. We now have a new system in place and taxpayers can see their completed documents on MOT official website,” Minister Bush explained.
She also disclosed that the ministry is working on several proposals to ease traffic congestion in Monrovia and to enhance transportation between Monrovia and rural Liberia.
Among these will be a plan for local sea transport along Liberia’s coastline, connecting coastal cities. She said discussions are underway with appropriate partners.
She noted that business and ordinary people may soon be able to travel by sea between Monrovia and Buchanan, Greenville or Harper without needing to contact any international shipping line.
“Another study is aimed at bringing in ferries or water taxis that can connect various parts of Monrovia using the Du River. The water taxis would take passengers across the river from Somalia Drive to Slipway and circumvent having to go through the congested Bushrod Island,” she said.
Minister Bush also stated that the MOT in collaboration with international partners, has sought to establish measures that will assist in protecting all newly constructed roads against undue wear, tear and early destruction.
She said the measures will also set a limit to the amount of load that heavy vehicles can carry to avoid deterioration of the roads.
“This will tailor with the ECOWAS agreement among member states that seeks to harmonize the weight of vehicles carrying heavy loads across West Africa and to set limits on the amount of load per axle as well as the weight and dimensions of various categories of vehicles,” she added.
“We are pleased to announce that the Axle Load Control Act has successfully passed both houses of the Legislature and is on its way to the Chief Executive for signing into law. When signed into law, the ministry will issue a set of regulations on the usage of roads by heavy vehicles.”
She added that there are plans also to set up a system of weight bridges on key roads in Liberia in order to enforce the new control.