Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rene Irere, the spokesperson for Traffic and Road Safety department, said that there has been an increase of motorcyclists, who overload and sometimes transporting both goods and people, a serious and reckless traffic violation.
"Rwanda National Police has conducted various road safety awareness campaigns against such risky practices but some of the motorists have kept deaf ears. The Motorcycle Policing Unit under the department of Traffic and Road Safety has now started operations against this traffic violation," said SSP Irere.
In the last one week alone, he added, about 80 motorcycles were impounded in Kigali for overloading.
"These motorcycles were transporting big sacks making it impossible for them to see anything coming from behind, some of them could not control the motorcycle especially in traffic because of the heavy loads and others ended up involving in accidents," SSP Irere explained.
These practices in Kigali, he added, are common in downtown Nyabugogo and Kimisagara, where most of the motos were impounded transporting heavy loads especially foodstuff.
“Overloading is considered as one of the life-threatening behaviors of some taxi-moto operators, who prioritize benefits before considering their own lives. These operations are continuous and motorcyclists are cautioned against overloading and other practices that put lives at risk," SSP Irere warned.