Accidents caused by mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles resulted in 134 deaths and 725 injuries, of which 368 were serious, according to data presented by the Head of the Department of Traffic and Road Safety of the Province of Luanda, superintendent Simão Saulo.
The Provincial Government of Luanda (GPL) adopted measures to "improve automobile circulation on the structuring roads of the urban core", including the prohibition of the circulation of mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles on the main streets and avenues of the municipalities of Luanda, Viana, Cacuaco , Talatona, Kilamba Kiaxi, Belas and Cazenga.
Motorbikes are one of the most popular means of travel in Luanda, and are also used to transport passengers, a motorcycle taxi service known as "kupapata".
The measures were presented, at a press conference, by the director of the GPL Legal and Exchange Office, Edson César, and justified with the growing number of motorcycle taxi drivers operating in Luanda and the road accidents in which they are involved.
The parking of heavy vehicles is also prohibited on several streets and the circulation hours for heavy goods vehicles have been redefined, which will only circulate from 9pm to 5am, from Monday to Friday, and from 12pm on Saturday until 05:00 on Monday.