The Ho Municipal Assembly has implemented a licensing regime for commercial tricycle operators in the regional capital as part of efforts to regulate and sanitize the growing tricycle business.
The Assembly, which had suspended the daily toll collection of one cedi from tricycle operators, is now introducing an annual license fee effective from the start of 2024.
Despite some resistance from operators, the Assembly is determined to proceed with the implementation, offering a grace period until the end of the first quarter of 2024.
Mr. Dickson Agbenya, the Budget Officer for the Assembly, explained that a proposed annual fee of GHC360 had been reduced to GHC250 based on a fee-fixing resolution by the Assembly.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. Divine Bosson, emphasized the importance of revenue contributions from operators to support ongoing projects in the municipality.
Mr. Bosson highlighted plans for a dress code for commercial taxi operators and the organization of tricycles into unions to enhance industry sanitation.
Additionally, he assured operators that the Assembly would create designated bus stops and mini stations in strategic locations to serve various communities, ensuring tricycles stay off highways.