Godsway Mensah, Senior Okada Committee Member of the East-Legon Okada Association, has disclosed that commercial motor riders fail to adhere to road traffic regulations because of the consistent harassment they face from police.
Speaking on the notion that commercial motorbike riders, popularly known as Okada riders, habitually flout traffic regulations, Mr. Mensah explained that it was the result of police extortions.
“This is our job and we do our best to deliver better services. We sometimes don’t obey traffic rules because police officers seize our keys and even extort money from us,” he said.
His comments come after numerous complaints that Okada riders disregard road signs and traffic regulations, therefore placing the lives of pedestrians at danger.
Contrary to the widely held view that commercial motor riders often flout the rules because they aren’t aware of them, the Senior Okada Committee member stressed that they are well educated about road signs and the need to obey traffic regulations.
“We have an association as Okada riders Union. We organize meetings for our riders as to how important road signs are to obeyed and how to make sure riders and passengers are safe. Not all Okada riders take along with them two helmets but those who join the association are always told to provides helmets for their passengers” he disclosed.