The Commercial Motorcycle and Tricycle Riders Association (COMTRA) in Bauchi State has commenced the registration of its members as part of measures to ensure security in the state.
The Secretary of the association, Shuaibu Ibrahim said on Thursday in Bauchi that the measure would allow for easy identification of members.
According to him, the association is collaborating with the state government to ensure the success of the exercise.
Mr. Ibrahim said though the exercise is not new, the association is carrying out fresh registration of its members to avoid the complete banning of the motorcycle and tricycle operation in the state as is the case in some states in the North East zone of the country.
“We don’t want our members to be left without job like in the case of those in Yobe, Maiduguri and even Jos. If government is willing to assist us we should also thank them for that and not cause problem,” he said.
He said that the census involves full identification of each member operating in the state, adding that any member that does not register within a stipulated period would be handed over the authorities.
The secretary added that the registration would assist members in the case of any mishap or when passengers have issues with them.
“Many of our members don’t know how to drive. Secondly, sometimes we get many problems. Like you see our members on the road and when they get accident no any identification.
“Before we register any motorcycle, he must produce the particulars of the motorcycle. Secondly, we make sure he is 18 years and above.”
He said that the state government had provided 500 tricycles and reflective jackets to the association.
Mr. Ibrahim said that the census exercise is the association’s contribution towards ensuring the safety of lives and property of members and residents of the state.