By Cecil Mensah
The Steering Committee on Urban Transportation (SCUTA), the committee made up of the thirteen Metropolitan, Municipal District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the Greater Accra Region (GAR) tasked to ensure the smooth operations of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in the Central Business Districts (CBDs) of Accra by July 1, 2014, has introduced new vehicle stickers for commercial transport activities in the Ga Municipal Area (GAMA).
According to the Chairman of SCUTA, Dr Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, the challenges of ensuring sanity within the Type A operation of commercial vehicle, has made it possible for the implementation of the standard vehicle sticker and a harmonized transport related fees across the participating Assemblies .
He said, after careful deliberations and consultations with the MMDAs in the region, under SCUTA it has adopted a unique colour codes for vehicle sticker system to streamline the activities of commercial drivers in the region.
Henceforward, Blue coloured stickers shall be issued for all categories of Trotros and Red coloured stickers, shall be issued for all categories of Taxis in the GAMA.
The issuance of these new coloured –coded stickers shall commenced by the end of January with a compliance period up to the March 31, 2014, he said
He stressed that non-complaint transport operators under GAMA will be dealt with according to the law that mandates the MMDAs to regulate the operation
of commercial transport.
‘’It is our intension to improve upon commuter mobility in the country as part of the Government policy of mass transit systems, beginning with High Quality Bus Services (HQBS) on the Amasaman -Accra Central Business Districts (CBDs) routes”.
He explained that SCUTA has progressed with arrangements to commence these bus services by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with all the local transport operators namely the Ghana Private Road Transport Union(GPRTU), the Co-operative Transport Owners Union as well as the Ghana Road
Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC).
According to him, this said culminated in the incorporation of three new transport companies namely the GPRTU Rapid Bus Transit Company Limited, Amalgamated Bus Transit Services Limited and Ghana Co-operative Bus Rapid Transit Association Limited for the provision bus services under a reform programme as part of the BRT.
He commended the operators for the massive cooperation and support they have provided since the activities of the steering committee commenced.
He said the thirteen members of SCUTA undertook a harmonized enforcement exercise to close down illegal stations and get recalcitrant drivers to regularize their activities with the various Assemblies by either joining existing unions or creating new unions as part of the measures to herald implementation of the Accra Millennium city agenda.