From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Kano State Road and Traffic Agency (KAROTA) concluded plans to start arrest and impoundment of tricycle riders without driving permit in the state.
The Managing Director of the Agency, Dr. Baffa Babba Dan-Agundi who briefed news men at his office on Wednesday, said the measure was taken to ensure safety of committees and avoid unnecessary accidents on Kano roads.
According to him, tricycle riders operating without license in the state, have been warned to stay clear from the state or risk the wrath of the Agency.
He said the directive was as a result of a Court judgement that quashed the application seeking to stop the agency from enforcing the use of tracker on tricycles in the state.
According to him, “we will start the operation immediately, and, whosoever is caught, he will be charged to court. For anybody who refuses to register before, now he has to pay N100,000.
“We have to take the measures to tackle this. You didn’t register at the time we gave the chance, now you are going to pay N100,000 to get permit to operate.”
He further stated that over 60,000 registered tricycles are currently operating in the state, adding that collection of the permit fees will be run by Kano State Internal Revenue Service (KIRS) while KAROTA’s role will only be enforcement.
He called on tricycle riders who have paid for the tracker before the institution of the legal action against the commission to now go and obtain them from their respective unions.