From SUNNY A. DAVID / AWKA
Anambra State Government has banned the use of tinted windscreens, glasses and stickers on commercial buses, shuttles and tricycles with immediate effect.
Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Uchenna Okafor, gave this directive during a meeting with Transport Stakeholders across the state at the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Conference Hall, Government House, Awka.
Mr. Okafor observed that the back windscreen of some commercial tricycle popularly known as `keke’ are usually covered with party stickers, which could prevent people from seeing inside the keke.
“Not only that those keke that have party stickers covering their back windscreens, the front windscreen is also tinted.
“Some commercial buses, especially the shuttles also operate with tinted glasses, tinted windscreen and such will no longer be accepted in the state.
“If you want to put party stickers on your vehicle, it should be at the body of the vehicle not on the windscreens or side glasses,’’ the commissioner directed.
“Henceforth, every commercial buses, shuttles and keke across the state must not operate with tinted windscreen, glasses or stickers covering any part of the windscreens or glasses for security purposes’’, he said.
The commissioner urged them to be law abiding and adhere to government directives to ensure sanity, peace and security in the state.
Meanwhile, the commissioner also directed transport stakeholders to re-brand all commercial vehicles and tricycles by painting them in one uniform colour.
He said that all commercial vehicles and tricycles would be enumerated and allotted security codes and biometric data obtained from the operators.
Mr. Okafor urged the stakeholders to key into the new policy to ensure adequate security in the state and to avoid using commercial vehicles to commit crime in line with the vision of Gov. Willie Obiano.
He pledged to carry them along, so that they would always agree with government to enable state government to achieve their aim.
Those in attendance include Director of Transport, UNIZIK, Mr. Edwin Ogalanya Udoka, Mr. Patrick Dinchi (NANS), and Mr. Sheriff E.E Zedock.
They welcomed the new policy and agreed to key into the scheme. They also pleaded with the commissioner to consider the student buses.