Regional news for Saturday, January 15, 2022
Some residents of Ashaiman as well as motorists who use the Ashaiman toll booth have appealed to the Motor Transport and Traffic Department and the Ghana Police Service to deal with trailer drivers who have invaded the area. .
According to residents, trailer drivers have turned every available space into a parking spot for their long vehicles, creating unnecessary congestion and threatening the safety of other motorists and pedestrians.
According to Mr. Abdul Nasir Mohammed, a resident of Tema who regularly travels on the stretch of the road, told Ghana News Agency in an interview, “Illegal parking by drivers of long vehicles always causes traffic jams massive, which decreases productivity.
“I am always late for work and it will be deducted from my monthly income. I call on the MTTD and the police to uphold the law and maintain discipline on the highway,” he said.
Mr. Shine Mensah, a resident of Ashaiman Tulaku, also expressed his outrage at the uncoordinated nature of the parking of long vehicles along the road.
“Illegal parking can cause an accident because one of the dual carriageways has been overrun by the long vehicles where they parked causing other motorists to merge abruptly into a single lane.”
Mr Omare David, a driver of long vehicles, also told the Ghana News Agency that they were forced to park in unauthorized spaces due to the lack of parking lots in Tema for long vehicles.
“Drivers like me are forced to park on a footpath alongside the roads which we agree is unsafe for other road users but have no other choice as it has been a tradition for a long time,” did he declare.
Alhaji Osman Maiga, another long vehicle driver from Mali, revealed that “the reason for the increasing illegal parking at the Ashaiman toll is due to the high loads at the parking space weighing on the axle, which has deterred conductors of condescension”.