Mayor of the Takele Uman, the capital of Ethiopia's Addis Ababa, said Wednesday that a ban on motorcycle use would be implemented in the city on July 7 to curb crime.
When talking about local suppliers, Takele said that in recent months, criminals have used motorcycles to attack and rob the inhabitants of Addis Ababa. "The Addis Ababa City Council bans the use of motorcycles in the city since July 7," Takele said.
"The ban does not, however, affect those who carry out licensed companies on motorcycles that use motorcycles as mail drivers and motorcycles used by diplomatic missions," said Takele. He also said that the ban on motorcycle use was implemented in the city after a week of research, and many criminal activities are carried out on motorcycles.
Takele also said that the Addis Ababa city administration forbids the travel of most goods vehicles during the city during the day to ease traffic congestion in the city.
Addis Ababa, an estimated 5 million inhabitants, is generally considered a safe city for residents and overseas. However, the rise of violent crimes involving motorcycles and cars has been a cause for concern for residents and officials.