Bayelsa State Government is to flood the state with specialised four-wheel vehicles to serve as taxicabs. This was contained in a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Transport, Mrs. Marie Ebikake.
According to the statement, it has become imperative for government to put in place an alternative means of transportation following the ban on commercial motorcycle by the State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, effective from the end of this month.
In view of the above, Mrs. Ebikake advised interested members of the public, particularly motorcycle operators to obtain forms from the Ministry of Transport, free of charge. Noting that the specialised taxicabs, would be affordable to all, the Commissioner explained that the applicants of the specialised vehicles are expected to pay 20 percent of the cost of the taxicabs upfront, while the balance would be paid installmentally within 24 months.
Mrs. Ebikake solicited the co-operation of the general public and the Motorcycle Riders Association as the new policy would cause some initial hardship.