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CSO supports ban on right-hand drive vehicle

January 20, 2015 By Patrick J. Kamara

Road for Development-Sierra Leone, a civil society roads watch consortium, says it supports the Ministry of Transport and Aviation decision to ban the use of right-hand drive vehicles from plying the streets of Sierra Leone.

The ban came into effect on 1 January 2015, after it was deferred in September last year, due to the Ebola outbreak.

In a press release dated 16 January 2015, Road for Development-Sierra Leone notes with concern that most road accidents in the country could be accredited to right-hand drive vehicles, especially vehicles for public transportation.

“R4D firmly believes that some of the road accidents could be attributed to the use of right hand-drive vehicles especially those used for public transportation,” the release states.

The release also states that many of the country’s drivers are not trained to drive right-hand vehicles and that leaving those types of vehicles to ply the roads could cause death to many.

However, the release slams the Transport Ministry for granting permission to some private right-hand vehicles to ply the streets, despite insisting that the ban should stand.

The release further states that garages with technical knowhow to convert steering positions from right to left handed are demanding too much money, owners of right-hand vehicles cannot afford, while there are limited availability of spare parts required to perform a successful conversion from right to left hand.

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