The Managing Director, Kano State Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA), Alhaji Baffa Dan-agundi, says the agency will soon commence the installation of security trackers on tricycles across the state.
Dan-agundi said this on Monday while briefing newsmen shortly after he appeared before the Kano State House of Assembly’s committee on works to defend the proposed 2020 budget for the agency.
According to him, the plan to install the device on all the tricycles operating in the state, is to check criminal activities in the state and reduce their menace.
“The decision to commence the installation of the trackers on tricycles followed the state government’s decision to allow them to continue operating in the state.
“Therefore, it is necessary for us to embark on such installation, to monitor their operations across the state.
“Also, we will soon commence the registration of tricycles and other commercial vehicles within the state.
“We are planning to cut down the number of tricycles operating in the state, from 500 to 200, because they are too many,” he said.
Dan-agundi said the agency was also planning to introduce community service as punishment for road traffic offenders across the state.
He added that the law establishing the agency would soon be amended to include community service punishment.
The Managing Director explained that over one billion was proposed for the agency in the 2020 budget proposal recently presented before the State House of Assembly by Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje.
Dan-agundi said the agency would generate not less than six billion in 2020, adding that such could be generated through the registration of tricycles and other commercial vehicles.
He said that the tricycles has since commenced the payment of N100 revenue to the state government daily.
Dan-agundi said the agency was not only to generate revenue for the state but also to change the thinking of road defaulters through community service and awareness.