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Friday, June 14, 2024

THE NEED FOR A WELL-STRUCTURED PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN ALLEVIATING TRANSPORTATION CHALLENGES IN LIBERIA 

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            – Amid  The Liberia National Police  No-Go-Zone Restrictions 

By Abraham Kolleh Morris, Sr.

Liberia is currently facing a significant transportation challenge due to the restrictions on motorcycles and tricycles along major roads enforced by the Liberia National Police. This has led to a pressing need for an efficient public transport system to provide alternative means of transportation for the citizens.

While the unrestricted use of tricycles and motorcycles has contributed to a significant number of road accidents and fatalities. Henceforth, implementing restrictions on these vehicles is a crucial step towards enhancing public safety in Liberia.

We further agree that their small size and maneuverability also make them more susceptible to accidents, especially in densely populated urban areas. So restricting their usage in certain areas or imposing specific safety regulations, the Government can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and protect the lives of both riders and pedestrians

However, these restrictions  have limited the options available for the public to move around, especially in areas where public transport infrastructure is lacking. As a result, the implementation of a reliable public transport system becomes crucial to address this issue.

Public transport plays a vital role in providing accessible and affordable transportation for the general population. By investing in a well-organized public transport system, the Government can ensure that citizens have reliable means of commuting to work, school, and other essential destinations.

The restriction has also  limited the public reliance on tricycles and bikes for their movements;  especially for those who rely heavily on these means for their daily commute. As a result, the demand for accessible and reliable public transport has become increasingly evident.

Public transport plays a vital role in providing a safe, efficient, and affordable means of commuting for the people of any nation; it does not only ensures accessibility to essential services and employment opportunities but it  also contributes to reducing traffic congestion and environmental pollution..

Additionally, the availability of public transport can enhance economic opportunities for the people of any country. It can also adequately connect individuals to employment, markets, and various services, thereby fostering economic growth and development.

The imposition of restrictions on motorcycles and tricycles in Liberia highlights the urgent need for a well-functioning public transport system. By prioritizing the improvement of public transportation, the Government can address the transportation challenges faced by its citizens, promote environmental sustainability, and stimulate economic progress.

In light of these circumstances, it is imperative for the government and relevant authorities to recognize the urgent need for an improved public transport infrastructure. By investing in and expanding public transport services, Liberia can address the challenges posed by the restrictions on motorcycles and tricycles, ultimately enhancing the overall quality of life for its citizens.

Liberia, like many developing countries, has seen a significant rise in the use of tricycles and motorcycles for transportation. This shift has brought about various economic benefits and easy mode of transportation to the country.

Firstly, the introduction of tricycles and motorcycles has provided employment opportunities for many individuals in Liberia; especially young people. From riders to mechanics and spare parts vendors, the entire value chain has created jobs, thereby reducing unemployment to some extent and also  contributing to the overall economic growth of the country.

Secondly, these modes of transportation have improved accessibility, especially in rural areas where traditional public transportation is limited or not available. This increased accessibility has facilitated trade and commerce, allowing goods and services to reach remote areas more efficiently. As a result, local economies have experienced growth and development. Furthermore, the use of tricycles and motorcycles has enhanced productivity by reducing travel time for both people and goods.

In addition, the revenue generated from the operations of tricycles and motorcycles has contributed to the Government’s income through taxes and licensing fees.

The proliferation of tricycles and motorcycles in Liberia has undeniably brought about substantial economic benefits. From job creation to improved accessibility and increased productivity, these modes of transportation have played a pivotal role in driving economic growth and development in the country.

It is important to note that while implementing restrictions, alternative transportation options should be considered to ensure that people’s mobility needs are still met. This could involve improving public transportation systems or promoting the use of bicycles in areas where tricycles and motorcycles are restricted. By providing viable alternatives, the Government can address the concerns of those who rely on these vehicles for their daily commute.

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 Abraham Kolleh Morris Sr., a Liberian Journalist

A Student of Public Administration/Policy

A Writer

Communications Student

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