The Road Sector Revenue Campaign Unit of the Road for Development Sierra Leone has held a stakeholder round table conference to discuss and agree on an action plan to address issues of unlicensed and uninsured vehicles and motor cycles plying the country. The conference was organized after Road for Development Sierra Leone observed the rampant use of unlicensed and uninsured vehicles and motor bikes in the country.
Organisers of the forum said road safety, maintenance and the use of unlicensed and uninsured vehicles and motor bikes are major problem for the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority and the Sierra Leone Police to handle.
The National Coordinator Road for Development, Philip Lansana said the current trend is a threat to revenue collection and risky to the lives of citizens. He noted the vehicles do not only carry passengers but go through check-points overloaded, unchecked and ignored.
The Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority Ibrahim Samba said his authority is doing its best to see that vehicles and motor bikes are licensed which is why they have opened a substation at Waterloo.
Director of Traffic Management and Road Safety, Gibril Kamara said the insurance of vehicle license is the mandate of the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority but the enforcement of all Traffic Rules and Regulations at all times by checking on Vehicles and Motor Bikes for valid license is the responsibility of the traffic department.
He said his department is concern on the safety use of the road by bike riders and transport commuters adding that their goal is to reduce the forecast level of road traffic fatalities. The issue of check-points allowing unlicensed and uninsured vehicles to the provinces was a heated debate at the meeting.