Operators withdraw tricycles from Kano roads over government levy

Many commuters were forced to trek long distances in Kano on Tuesday as commercial tricycle operators withdrew their services for the second day in the city.

The operators are protesting against being asked to pay a levy to the state government.

Tricycles, locally called ‘keke’, are the dominant mode of intra-city transportation in Kano and other states in Nigeria.

The protest of the operators began after the state’s Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) imposed a daily levy of N100 on each tricycle.

Under the new tax policy of the government, each tricycle operator will make a bulk payment of N18,000 as the daily levy for six months, before transiting to daily N100 levy.

The Chairman of Kano Tricycle Owners Association, Sani Dankoli, earlier appealed to the state government to suspend the enforcement of the tax and allow the association discuss with its members.

However, the government rejected the appeal and has started enforcing payment of the levy.

On Monday morning, there were long lines of people stranded or trekking along roads in the metropolis.

The head of the traffic agency, Baffa Babba-Dan’agundi, said the state government consulted the tricycle…

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