The government claims to have purchased minivans for the promised ‘Okada for Car’ initiative.
If the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) wins a second term, it has promised to provide a better and safer alternative to commercial motorbike operators, also known as “Okada” riders.
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia announced the initiative in the run-up to the 2020 elections.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) promised to train and legalize Okada’s operations if re-elected in the ensuing ‘Okada’ debate.
The NPP, on the other hand, announced intentions to provide Okada passengers with “a better and safer option” by allowing them to own vehicles through special, flexible payment plans.
According to the government, the first phase of the ‘Okada for Car’ program would begin with the acquisition of hundreds of tiny automobiles, which will be used to fulfill the pledge.
Okada riders who want to own one of the cars must first register and then trade their motorcycles for the vehicles.
The government will then register the vehicle in the driver’s name, while the driver pays the difference in value between the motorcycle and the car under flexible instalment terms.
According to government sources, only okada motorcycles that have been registered with the DVLA would be eligible to switch their motorcycles for the automobiles.
In addition, because it will be a mandate, the National Identification Card will play an important role in the entire process.