The Managing Director, Kano Road and Traffic Agency (KAROTA), Baffa Babba Danagundi, has said enforcement of tricycle registration and renewal notice will start on Tuesday, March 1.
This is coming as the agreed timeframe given to the tricycle riders to register and renew their registration levies elapsed.
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Daily Trust reports that tricycle riders and the Kano State Government on a Wednesday evening reached an agreement over registration levies for new tricycles and renewal of licences which was brokered by the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA).
Commercial tricyclists in the state had embarked on a three-day strike action protesting the new levies.
The meeting resolved that the amount be slashed from N8,000 to N5,000 for renewal and N12,000 for registration from N18,000, to be paid between January and the end of February.
Danagundi said failure to pay within the agreed timeframe would attract payment of the previous N18,000 for new registration and N8,000 for renewal.
Daily Trust reports that in less than 12 months, this is the second time the tricycle riders have down tools in Kano leaving commuters stranded.
Speaking to Daily Trust, Danagundi thanked the tricycle riders who he said have complied tremendously.
“Last time our registration was about 50,000 and as of now, over 35,000 have registered. More than two-third have registered.
“We are going to start enforcement tomorrow (Tuesday), 1st of March, 2022 for those who did not comply.
“However, they will not enjoy the reduction made by the Governor because it’s agreed initially and the former fee of 8,000 for renewal and 18,000 for new registration.
“I advise the tricycle riders to carry along their original papers because we will start search by 12pm.
“For those who did not comply (the defaulters), we will give them another one week to register at the old rate.
“After one week, we are going to give another one week and that one week will be a flat rate for those who are going to renew with those registering afresh.
“By the 14th of March, we are closing our server. Anybody who did not register, the law will be applied to him by losing his tricycle.”
Also speaking, the Chairman, Kano State Tricycle Association Forum, Mansur Tanimu, said so far, the level of compliance is commendable.
“It’s about 40 days plus and as even of today, they (the tricycle riders) are still registering.
“So far, we have not received any complaint regarding that from any of our members and with that, we take it all is well.”