12 Jan 2009

Skirting Regulations in Nigeria

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Here is an interesting story:

Police in Nigeria have arrested scores of motorcycle taxi riders with dried fruit shells, paint pots or pieces of rubber tire tied to their heads with string to avoid a new law requiring them to wear helmets.

The regulations have caused chaos around Africa’s most populous nation, with motorcyclists complaining helmets are too expensive and some passengers refusing to wear them fearing they will catch skin disease or be put under a black magic spell.

I was very excited about the dumb paternalism when I thought it was all about cost, but the last part there took the wind out of my sails.

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