Ethiopia's mayor Addis Abeba Takele Uma said on Wednesday that a ban on motorcycle use will be implemented in the city from July 7 in an attempt to curb growing crime.
Speaking to local journalists, Takele said criminals have been using motorcycles in recent months to become involved in burglaries and robberies of Addis Ababa residents. "The administration of the city of Addis Ababa will impose a ban on the use of motorcycles in the city from July 7," said Takele.
"However, the ban will not affect those who conduct business licensed with motorcycles, those who use motorcycles as postal carriers and motorcycles used by diplomatic missions," said Takele. He also said that the ban on motorcycle use was implemented in the city after a one-week study revealed that many criminal activities are done using motorcycles.
Takele also said that the administration of the city of Addis Ababa will impose a travel ban by most of the city's cargo vehicles during the day to relieve the growing traffic congestion in the city.
Addis Ababa, a city with about 5 million inhabitants, is generally considered a safe city for residents and expatriates. However, the rising incidence of violent crimes using motorcycles and cars alarmed residents and authorities.