A bill prohibiting the use of commercial motorcycles in parts of Kaduna State, North-West Nigeria, has been passed into law by the state House of Assembly.
The executive bill, which was read for the third time at plenary, Wednesday, sought to amend the existing Commercial Motorcycle Law No. 4 of 1999 and the Road Traffic Law Cap 135 of Kaduna State 1991.
The law bans the use of commercial motorcycles popularly called ‘achaba’ in Kaduna, Zaria and Kafanchan, and provides for a fine not exceeding N10, 000 or three months imprisonment or both, on conviction.
It also provided for a fine of N20, 000 or six months imprisonment or both for second offenders.
The law shall come into effect two weeks after it is signed into law, Deputy Speaker, Mr Peter Adamu, who presided over the sitting, explained.
Information Nigeria reports that Unguwan Bawa in Lere Local Government, Unguwan Nachibi, Kwadaga, Janbirni and Dogon Dawa in Birnin Gwari, and Farin Ruwa, Mararraban Yakawada and Kuyello in Giwa Local Government, are the other areas affected by the ban.