“you’re a car not a person…”

How’s this for Ghanaian logic. I hail a taxi at the side of the road in a town in the Central Region. about 5 metres to my right is a policewoman. The taxi pulls up to the side of the road as I expected… but then continues to fully drive on the pavement – I did not expect that. Everyone in the area, justifiably but quite aggressively questions his logic – “you’re a car not a person, you can’t be on the pavement here!”

Get this. He said to me, “the police won’t let you pull up to the side of the road, they’ll fine you”. No need to read that back again, I’ll break it down for you. He’ll get fined if commits a traffic contravention by pulling up to the side of the road so close to a traffic light junction… so he violated the most basic of traffic laws (that cars stay on the road) and drove onto the pavement. 

 

This is Ghana.

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