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The Kaduna State Government has banned tricycle operators from plying major roads within the metropolis, in line with the ongoing transport sector reform.
Hajiya Aisha Sa’idu-Bala, Director-General, Kaduna State Transport Regulatory Authority, announced the ban in a statement in Kaduna.
She said all tricycles, “Keke”, are banned from the Kawo-Ali Akilu- Ahmadu Bello-Command Junction routes with effect from Aug. 31.
She said the Kaduna State Traffic Law Enforcement Agency would ensure strict compliance to the new Keke regulations.
Sa’du-Bala said the State Government had developed new regulations for commercial transport operators in the state.
She said that a Route and Tricycle Licensing System was being introduced to allow buses and tricycles to operate in designated areas of the metropolis.
“This is aimed at regulating and improving transport operations for increased safety, decongestion of traffic and bringing order in transport operations for passengers and operators alike,” she said.
The director-general said that KADSTRA began registration of Keke operations in July and would end it in September.
She advised all commercial transport operators to ensure they are duly registered to operate.
However, a cross-section of commercial tricycle operators noted with concern the ban.