The tricycle business popularly known as “pragya” is rapidly gaining grounds at Ablekuma Manhia, Joma, Borkorborkor, Nsakina and its environs in the Ga West Municipality, despite several warning from police Motor Traffic Transport Department (MTTD).
Their trade has been classified as unlawful and cannot be allowed to operate on commercial bases but the warning seems to be ignored as the number of “pragya’s” keeps on increasing in the Municipality.
Gradually the operation of these tricycles comes with a lot of challenges associated with road safety violations, according to the police.
But the business seems to have taken over in the Municipality, creating a lot of job avenue for the youth.
In an interview, some of the riders told Ghanacrusader.com, the business has really helped residents living in and around these environs due to the poor nature of their road.
According to them, their road is in a bad state and so the only source of means of transportation is the pragyia business.
They added that, even though some of the taxi and Trotro drivers ply around these areas, their vehicles have worn out due to the poor nature of the road.
They revealed that, they make daily sales of about Ghc 70.00 and charge Ghc 2.00 each for the fare.
But one rider who spoke to Ghanacrusader.com said, he makes an income of about Ghc 150.00 a day which is very interesting.
However the taxi and Trotro drivers who spoke to ghanacrusader.com also said the use of these tricycles has taken over their business and has affected their sales, thus gradually fading them out of the Metropolis.
According to them, passengers now prefer to use ‘pragyia’ in place of the taxi which was formally a means of transportation for both traders and residents alike.
Some of them revealed, the tricycles charge fares which are slightly lower than what they the taxi drivers charge hence the reason why some people prefer to patronize them.
They however called on the government to fix their roads to stop the tricycles from operating as taxis since it is creating very serious challenges for them.