The Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has since 1995 registered 702,235 motorbikes in the country. 

The Authority has registered 136,742 bikes from 2018 till date.

Deputy Chief Executive in charge of operations, Prince Opoku Edusei, said the motorbikes on the streets now are equal to the total number of registered motorbikes. 

However, a chunk of the bikes registered over the past two decades have become obsolete by now.

He indicated that it doesn’t cost more than ¢150 to register the least capacity of the motorbike, hence the cost of registration shouldn’t be an excuse for non-registration.

He stressed the need for motor riders to acquire license and road worthy certificates in order to be on the road since those found culpable will be arrested by the law enforcement authorities. 

For some time now, the debate has been whether to legalize motorbikes popularly called ‘okada’ for commercial purposes.

Many believe the several losses of lives should be the overriding reason not to legalize it in order to curb reckless riding.

Speaking to some commercial motor riders in one of Accra’s Central Business District at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle area, most of the riders argued that the unemployment situation is forcing them into what hitherto had never been their dream.

Some riders indicated that they make an excess of over ¢120 a day, hence the need to legalise it for its economic benefits.

Minority in Ghana’s parliament has since been pushing for the amendment of the Road Traffic Regulation 2012, L.I 2180 to allow for the use of motorbikes for commercial purpose.