April 28, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) last Thursday (April 23) handed over a total of 100 road signs to the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) to be erected at various locals in the central business district of Freetown.
According to the authority’s Public Relations Officer, Abdul Karim Dumbuya, the road signs will help in controlling the movement of commercial motorbikes plying the city, as well as enhancing road safety in the country.
He told Concord Times that the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Commercial Motorbike Riders countrywide, which should have commenced in February this year, was postponed by SLRSA and partners due to their inability at the time to erect the road signs.
“The donation of the 100 road signs is in line with the newly-approved Code of Conduct for Commercial Motorbike Riders,” said Mr. Dumbuya, adding that the erection of road signs would also facilitate the enforcement of the Code by the Sierra Leone Police and Traffic Wardens to augment the road safety drive. “The road signs will restrict the movement of commercial bikes, especially in the central business district.”
The SLRSA spokesman disclosed that the authority generates 85% of its funds through licenses, tickets issued to drivers and other fines, and that the proceeds go towards road maintenance and the erection of road furniture.