Tricycle riders in Jos, Nigeria today commenced a demonstration against what they termed as unfair charges by the Plateau State Government.

The riders who converged at various locations in the city including Dogon Karfe, Tudun Wada, Bauchi Road and Old Airport among others blocked roads and offloaded tricycles carrying passengers, forcing them to park.

Security sources say the protest is against a N28,000 new drivers license charge by the government.

The state Government however says it is only seeking to keep a comprehensive data for all commercial vehicles operating in the state for proper coordination of their activities.

The Special Adviser to Gov. Simon Lalong of the state on media, Dan Manjang said in a telephone interview that the government has only introduced registration for all tricycles as well as drivers license in compliance with growing security and developmental needs.

Revenue realized from this Hon. Manjang said is expected to be ploughed back into the development of the state for the overall good of the citizenry.

The government spokesperson therefore views the demonstrations as an opposition against development but however assured of government's readiness to dialogue with the riders.

He said the government was considering meeting with the tricycle riders union officials to find "common grounds" into the conflict.

As at the time of filing this report, efforts to get comments from the policy enforcement agency, the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) proved abortive as the officers in charge referred the request to the Ministry of Works, which could not readily be reached.