(LINA) – The Liberia National Police (LNP) has added to its fleet 24 motorbikes, 24 Renault Duster jeeps, 18 tow-trucks, and 80 bicycles, specifically for use by its Traffic Division.
This is to efficiently regulate traffic and enforce measures of safety on the roads in the capital, Monrovia, and throughout the country.
This achievement was a result of public-private partnership the LNP secured with the Liberia Traffic Management (LTM), a renowned company whose operation in Liberia has been legitimized.
President Weah on Tuesday inspected the already labeled logistics at LTM’s offices in Sinkor shortly before they were convoyed to the LNP’s central headquarters, stunning pedestrians and other road users who looked on amazed.
The Liberian leader, who appreciated the investor, hailed the outcome of the partnership as a major booster to the police and stressed the operational equipment, will enhance public safety and traffic management.
This will bring relief and safety to Liberian vehicle, tricycle, and motorcycle operators as well as pedestrians and passengers, the President indicated.
This new development could also lead to the police generating more revenue into government coffers through the issuance of tickets to violators of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of Liberia.
Though detailed information about the partnership deal with LTM is yet scanty, deputy presidential press secretary Smith Toby hinted that the group will have (an unspecified) percentage on tickets issued.
However, the company’s management declined interview with the press, saying that there are still other formalities to work on before media talk.
Deputy LNP Inspector General Sadatu Reeves expressed optimism that the goal of the partnership with LTM will yield desired results as it basically significantly beefs up the strength of, particularly, the traffic division, and generally, the operational capacity of the police.
The LNP subscribed to the partnership with LTM owing to the group’s history of successfully dealing with institutions alike in 53 countries globally, making Liberia the company’s newest partner.
Not only the movable objects, LTM will train dozens of police officers to operate the different moving objects, as well as provide brand new sets of police uniforms to them, Toby told journalists following the turnover of the equipment.
The traffic division of the police has been quite grappling with regulating a rather ‘arrogant’ Liberia motor traffic and minimizing accidents which often result in fatalities.
Observers say that with the strengthening of the traffic division of police, logistics-wise, private and commercial drivers will now have to act in conformity with the rules governing the traffic or risk penalties through the rule of law.
In addition, it is expected that traffic officers will patrol various highways to enforce the traffic regulations and bring violators to book.