- Published on Wednesday, 06 February 2013 11:43
- Written by The News
The Liberia National Police (LNP) has reinforced its 10pm restriction on the movement of motorcycles in Monrovia and its environs, a release said.
The police called on all owners of motorcycles and riders to abide by this restriction.
The reinforcement of the 10pm restriction on motorcycles' movement comes barely a day after the Secretary General of the Motorcyclists Union, Robert Sammie, said the Union would no longer abide by the restriction.
He said though the police attributed increase of arm robbery to the movement of motorcycles at night, the act was still on the increase even though the restriction was still in force.
Mr. Sammie said as a result, his Union would not abide by the restriction and called on motorcyclists to begin violating the 10pm restriction.
However, the LNP release quotes Police Director Chris Massaquoi as saying that no decision has been reached to lift the restriction on the movement of motorcycles.
He warned owners of motorcycles and operators to adhere to the 10pm restriction as violators would be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the laws.
Director Massaquoi is quoted in the release as saying that the curfew placed on the movement of motorcycles was in the best interest of all Liberians and motorcycle owners, as criminals were using motorcycles at night to carry out their criminal activities around the city and its environs.
The LNP Boss said the restriction on the movement of motorcycles would remain in force until the police are convinced that the all-day-all night free movement of motorcyclists no longer poses threats to public safety.
“The LNP has learned that the Secretary General of the Motor Cycle Union of Liberia has instructed his members to disregard the agreement between the LNP and the Motorcycle Union regarding the 10pm restriction on the movement of motorcycles in Monrovia and its environs; this is unfortunate and the LNP would like to advise/warn owners/riders of motorcycles to adhere to this instruction, because the LNP will not hesitate to arrest any violator, impound their motorcycles and forward them to court for prosecution,” the release added.
To this end, the release noted that a special response team has been constituted to deal decisively with any incident of mob violence as a result of the enforcement of this restriction.
“We want it to be very cleared that the police will not tolerate any mob violence by anyone, especially motorcyclists as a result of one of their members involvement in a road motor accident involving a motor vehicle,” the release said.
The release said the police would respond vigorously in line with law against any person/persons engaging in mob violence against a motorist as a result of motor accident involving a motorcyclist.
The police called on motorbike owners and riders not to engage in any unlawful act that threatens the safety of others and the security of the state, or they would face the full weight of the law.