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Police limit motorcyclists to curb crime

By Jos Garneo Cephas
Commercial motocyclist caring a passenger outside Monrovia
Commercial motocyclist caring a passenger outside Monrovia

(lbsonline/Monrovia)-Police in Liberia have begun a road regulation that limits motorcyclists plying the streets of the Liberian Capital, Monrovia.

The regulation by the Liberia National Police (LNP) took effect Wednesday, 21st November 2012, on motorcycles (Pehn-pehns), as it is known in Liberia.

The ban of the pehn-pehn riders from plying the streets of Monrovia at 10: pm to 6: am daily has devided the motorcycle riders in the city.

Police authorities said: “motorcyclists are being used by armed robbers mainly at night to commit crimes,   they facilitate about 75 percent crimes including robberies “.

Local motor cycle transport service emerged in 2005 after the end of Liberia’s 14 years of civil conflict, to provide services to convey people and goods in deprived areas where limited commercials motor vehicles cannot reach.

Nationwide, there are more than 50,000 commercial pehn-pehns providing services, sometimes in extreme critical cases for road and non-motorable users in all parts of Liberia.

Deputy Police Commander for Operations, Abraham Kromah at the start of the ban told lbsonline: “the police will remain vigilant against criminals as pehn-pehn operators are being used by armed robbers by infiltrating the motorcyclists”.

The introduction of motorcycle transportation in Liberia has empowered   more than 60,000 ex-combats, mostly young people.

Several citizens have commended government’s action, describing it as a relief against criminal activities, especially in Monrovia.

 


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