The Regional Police Central Command urges residents of the region not to frequent tricycles, commonly referred to as “Pragya”, used for commercial activities in the region, particularly in the metropolis of Cape Coast.
According to the police, the use of these vehicles for commercial purposes is prohibited by law and the public should not support their operations.
The city of Cape Coast was inundated with tricycles where young boys as young as 18 deserted school and embarked on such a business venture.
The region’s police command on Monday arrested 60 of the tricycle drivers as part of a special operation to crack down on illegal acts on the region’s roads.
Cape Coast Metro Education management about a fortnight ago expressed concern over how school-aged children had deserted the classroom and were engaged in commercial tricycle operations .
The practice has not been the responsibility of the education branch alone, but of many well-meaning locals who say tricycle riders drive carelessly on the roads.
PRO Central Regional Police DSP Irene Oppong said: “Currently, most of the accident cases recorded in metropolitan Cape Coast for the first quarter of this year were caused by tricycles or pragya.”
“They are in a commercial enterprise and so if the public stops using their services, they will withdraw from the system.”
After the special operations of the regional police command which saw the arrest of 60 cyclists, she indicated that the law did not allow the use of tricycles for commercial purposes.
She explained that the target was on runners without a license and without an insurance certificate and also on children who are now runners instead of being in the classroom.
“Today we have arrested over 60 runners and are dealing with them in court. We rely on Li 2180, regulation 128 which prohibits the use of tricycles for commercial purposes, ”she said.
The police command called on the public to refrain from using tricycles for commercial purposes as it harms many lives and property in the metropolis.
Even more disturbing, they say, is the fact that college students deserted the classroom and embarked on such an endeavor.
The Regional Police PRO also called on traditional and opinion leaders and all relevant stakeholders within the Metropolis to help end the illegal use of tricycles.
She cited the case of the traditional area of Edina where the Omanhene, Nana Conduah VI, joined with her people to resist the use of tricycles in Elmina. For such leadership, the police administration highly commended him.
She said 12 of the 25 runners arrested last month were being prosecuted in court.
The 60 runners arrested in the operation were brought to justice on Tuesday.