Worried by the numbers of Tricycles operating on Kano routes, the State Assembly has urged Governor Umar Ganduje to regulate their activities by denying them further registrations.
The Assembly cautioned the State-Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) against further registration of Tricycles who are not captured on their database as those on the ground are already too many.
The House made the call on Tuesday following a motion of urgent public importance presented by the member, representing (APC Kunchi/Tsanyawa constituency) Garba Ya’u-Gwarmai.
The Managing Director of KAROTA, Baffa Dan’agundi disclosed that no fewer than 65,000 tricyclists so far registered with the agency.
On Monday, the tricycle operators embarked on a warning strike across the state, to protest the collection of N100 tax by the state government but their union leaders kicked against it.
According to Ya’u-Gwarmai, the attitude and manner of many tricycle operators in the state is worrisome, alleging they are lawbreakers, indisciplined and disrespectful.
“The cause of their strike, which is the issue of tax collection, is not a thing of concern compared to what other states like Kaduna, Lagos and other states are paying.
“And the tax, when collected, the Government uses it for the development of the state and the tricycle operators also enjoy the presence of such projects in the state.
“As you are aware, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the revenue collection in the state, the developmental programmes of the state government still continued.
“Therefore, the state government should provide an alternative to ensure that the operation of tricycle operators is being regulated and controlled. And also their mode of dress should be addressed.
“The operators’ mode of dressing should be looked at because most of them dress indecently, they are under age and operate under drug influence.
“They should also be stopped from operating on the highways to avoid loss of lives as it has been recorded.” He said.
After contributions by the lawmakers, the motion was adopted and a call was made on the state government to urgently look into the issue with the hope to sanitise the tricycle business.