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Saturday, July 13, 2024

STAND DEFENDS MOTORCYCLISTS AGAINST LNP RESTRICTIONS, CALLS FOR FAIR ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM

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MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Tensions between the Liberia National Police (LNP) and motorcyclists have escalated over the police’s no-go zone restrictions, leading to the Solidarity and Trust for a New Day (STAND) issuing a statement in defense of motorcyclists’ rights.

Today, LNP announced a restructuring of its ‘No Go Zone’ restriction for motorcyclists, set to take effect on Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

The decision, revealed in a press release issued was made by the LNP Inspector General, Gregory O. W. Coleman, following a productive meeting with the Vice President of Liberia, Jeremiah K. Koung, and Heads of the Federation of motorcycle and tricycle unions at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.

Under the restructured restrictions, motorcyclists traveling from ELWA to Broad Street must adhere to the following regulations:

  1. ‘No Go Zone’ restriction for motorcyclists traveling from Red Light to Freeport remains in effect.
  2. All bikes must be registered at the Ministry of Transport and insured.
  3. Motorcyclists are permitted to carry only one passenger, and both rider and passenger must wear helmets.
  4. Motorbikes must be equipped with reflective jackets, protective shoes, and a pair of view mirrors.

However, STAND, in a successful meeting at its Congo Town headquarters, criticized Police IG Coleman for attempting to suppress fundamental rights, including freedom of assembly and speech, through the imposition of no-go zones for motorcyclists and tricycle riders in Monrovia.

STAND Chairman, Mulbah K. Morlu, declared the police’s actions as unconstitutional and called for an end to arbitrary measures. Instead, STAND urged the police to establish a fair system that holds all vehicle and bike operators accountable for adhering to traffic rules.

The statement from STAND comes amidst growing tensions between the LNP and motorcyclists, highlighting the need for dialogue and a fair approach to address the concerns of all parties involved.

Socrates Smythe Saywon
Socrates Smythe Saywon is a Liberian journalist. You can contact me at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or reach out via email at saywonsocrates@smartnewsliberia.com or saywonsocrates3@gmail.com.

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