Iniobong Ekponta, Uyo
Worried by indiscriminate violations of traffic rules on Akwa Ibom roads by motorists, tricycles and motorcycles’ operators, the State House of Assembly has passed the Traffic Regulation Bill into law.
It is to check series of road nuisances that have become the order of the day since the ban placed on motorcyclists’ operations some four years ago on the Uyo metropolis by the outgoing administration of Governor Godswill Akpabio.
Since then, activities of motorists and tricycles launched to cushion the effect of the ban placed on motorcyclists have become worrisome in view of the rampant cases of accidents occasioned by absence of road decorum in the last couple of years.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Elder Samuel Ikon (Etinan), who presided over the session, said the passage of the Bill became necessary to bring some sanity on Akwa roads.
Besides, Ikon, who hailed Governor Akpabio for initiating the Executive Bill, said it passage was a big a step towards entrenching good driving culture on the State’s roads.
According to Ikon, when it becomes operational in the next couple of weeks, the law would pave the way for decency on the roads as several abandoned and broken down vehicles on the road would be impounded for a fee.
Also, the Speaker noted that the coming into effect of the law would provide employment opportunities for youths to eke out their living as Ad- Hoc employees in the transport sector.