Transportation chaos: We are going to continue tomorrow – Striking drivers vow

The Committed Drivers Association says it is going to continue with the strike tomorrow after a nightmarish experience for commuters Monday morning left thousands stranded.

Leader of the group Charles Danso is peeved that some of their members have been arrested for allegedly blocking some roads in Ashaiman, a suburb in Accra.

“They don’t want us to sleep, they too they will not sleep” he told Joy FM’s Top Story about his displeasure at the police treatment of his colleagues.

Charles Danso believes the action by the police shows that stakeholders are not looking for “peaceful settlement” after a hectic, chaotic transport crisis.

Thousands were stranded Monday morning
The Transport Ministry has called an emergency meeting later tonight in a desperate move to end the strike by the commercial workers

The drivers are protesting the requirement to fix seat belts in public buses and a computerized test before licensing or upgrade.

The drivers believe the Authorities want to deprive them of their livelihood by exploiting their vulnerabability.

Most of the drivers say they have never used a computer and believe a [computer] “mouse” cannot teach driving better than they have had to learn on the job.

Meanwhile, General Secretary of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), Stephen Okudzeto has told Joy News he only heard of the Committed Drivers Association for “the first time” today.

“We are not part of the strike” he assured but stated the drivers under his union were “equally concerned” about the implementation of new traffic regulations for commercial drivers.

Although he was aware of plans to fix seat belts in buses, he said DVLA “postponsed it three times” for further consultations.

Some of their concerns are being addressed, he said, noting there is a plan to bring in some manufacturers to help fix the seat belts in designated garages across the country.

Story by Ghana|Myjoyonline|Edwin Appiah|[email protected]


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