Wadata Bodinga, Director, Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), popularly known as VIO, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has explained that the need for commercial tricycle and motorbike operators to play complementary roles to main transport operators in the FCT informed the recent clampdown by his agency on the highways.
According to him, tricycles and bike operators are meant to complete the ‘last mike’s when taxies and buses have done their bits on the major highways.
“Basically, if you look at the FCT you will see that there are some areas where their operation is critical and Keke Napep from its construction and setting is intended to finish the last mile and not to actually compete with other means of transport like taxies or higher capacity buses,” Bodinga said.
The Abuja DARTS have been in the news lately over moves at regulating tricycle operations in the nation’s capital. In an interview with Daily Independent, the director insists that tricycle operations still remains an integral part of road transport in the FCT. Only that the operators have to complement other modes of transports like taxies and buses.
“What we are trying to do in the FCT is just to do the normal. What do I mean? Instead of having a chaotic transport situation where the various mode of transport are competing fiercely, we want a situation where they complement one another. And where each means of transportation can use its own advantage to help itself instead of trying to compete with other transporters and distort the master plan of the city,” he stated.
The DARTS boss further expatiated that the enforcement is not only about the tricycle or the commercial motorcyclists. “It is about the policy of the FCT to sanitize the transport sector and to ensure that traffic flow seamlessly throughout the city.
“It is also to make sure that all the roads in the FCT are cleared. Of course, all the restrictions including that of the Keke Napep (commercial tricycle operation), the operation of Okada, operated taxies are all because of their record when it has to do with security.
There is also the issue of non-roadworthy vehicles, other traffic infractions that include the issue of beating traffic lights, indiscriminately blocking off the roadway and destruction of basic infrastructure, like the green verges and pedestrian walkway,” he said.