The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), which forbids Pragyia Drivers Association from operating in the Central Business District (CDB), has been threatened with legal action by the association’s leaders.
They said that the choice was to cease the KMA action and ask the court to interpret the restrictions on tricycle operations in the city.
The warning follows the assembly’s efforts to minimise traffic in the CBD and rein in growing indiscipline among city tricycle riders.
The assembly postponed the prohibition, which was set to start on June 15, to a future date so that the transport unions may have additional time to consult.
Mohammed Alhanssan, the president of the Pragyia Drivers Association in Kumasi, claimed that the assembly’s decision amounted to discrimination in the transport industry in an interview with Otec FM’s “Nyansapo.”
According to him, the tricycle, like any other motor, has been registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Authority (DVLA) and is thus permitted to be used in the city.
“Due to the discriminatory nature of the KMA’s decision to prohibit tricycles from operating in some sections of the city, we are requesting a legal interpretation in court and working to have the KMA’s decision overturned,” he informed Captain Koda.
According to him, if the KMA wants to relieve congestion in the city, they should prohibit “trotro” cars and lengthy vehicles from operating in the CBD.