As part of efforts to ensure pedestrian safety in the city, the Mayor of Accra Mr. Mohammed Adjei Sowah , has directed all vehicle owners to desist from parking on streets and pavements and use designated parking spaces in the city to avoid their vehicles being clamped and towed.
According to him, there are about 3,337 off-street- parking spaces and over 1000 on-street parking bays in the city to address the parking needs of commuters.
He gave the directive in a speech read on his behalf by the Director of Transport at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mr. Alex Johnson, during a training programme organised by the Assembly for five private agencies mandated to enforce parking regulations in the city.
"The directive will ensure free flow of traffic which will increase mobility to promote commerce," he said.
He disclosed that, available off street parking spaces in the city and their capacities are as follows ; Ridge Car Park 500, SSNIT Pension House Car Park 627, Accra Financial Centre Car Park 80 , SIC Life Mall Car Park 60, The Octagon Car Park 1500, Accra City Car Park 500 and the Makola Shopping Mall Car Park 310.
He explained that, vehicles parked on pavements hinder pedestrian movement, causes damage to pavements and pedestrians walkways.
He pointed out that statistics from the first AMA Road Safety Report, analysing data from 2011 to 2015 indicates that pedestrians constituted about 70% of all fatalities recorded in city, hence the need to enforce road traffic regulations.
He assured that, the Assembly would continue to empower its Metro Guards and the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the police through the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) to enforce the law by bringing to book all motorists who flout the road traffic regulations and the legislative Instrument (LI) 1961 under the Local Governance Act, 2016 Act 936.