Deaths from Okada bikes on the rise - Report shows

Deaths from Okada bikes on the rise - Report shows

- The transport ministry says more Ghanaians are dying from motorbikes

- Okada business in Ghana, the ministry hints, could be canceled

- The number of motorcycle deaths rose from 2.7 percent in 2001 to 21 percent in 2017

The roads ministry has revealed that more deaths have been recorded from motorcycle-related accidents.

The ministry has revealed that the emergence of "Okada" riders has shot up the rate of road accidents from 2.7 percent in 2001 to 21 percent in 2016.

To this end, the ministry together with stakeholders in road management met to review its performance, diagnose pressing challenges facing the sector and find sustainable solutions to help improve safety and efficiency in the transport sector.

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The outcome of the meeting has seen a new move to decide on the future of Okada transport which could see motor riders regulated.

In fact, recent reports from the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), show that about six persons are killed daily through road accidents with motorcycle accidents rising at an alarming rate.

Also, provisional statistics on road accidents indicate that 1,059 persons have so far perished between January to June this year, an increase from 933 recorded in 2017.

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National Road Safety Commission estimates that the chance of dying from a motorcycle crash is 10 times higher than a car crash but Okada transport ironically has become a booming business in most parts of the country despite being illegal hence a lasting solution is required.

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