COVID 19: Kansaworodo Taxi drivers withdraws services over ‘unfavourable GPRTU restrictions’
Taxi Drivers at Kansaworodo, a suburb of the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis have withdrawn their service following a directive by the city authorities in the wake of COVID 19 crisis, to limit their passenger in-take to three per trip. The drivers complained, the restrictions are unfavourable, as they could hardly manage to raise their daily sales let alone, undertake their routine repairs on vehicles due to the deplorable nature of the roads.
“We will be glad to pick all these people to their villages but our sales will not be met and our owners will be mad at us”, Dominic Kujo a driver told Skyy News’ reporter Nana Yaw Kumi.
Passengers from Abaasa, Bomba, Prapraha, Bowohomoden, Mampong and other communities are currently stranded at the lorry station.
Drivers that ply these areas often overload passengers, only to make up for fuel, repairs and other cost of their operations.
With threats of being arrested should they fail to comply with city authorities’ directive, these drivers have no other choice than to park their vehicles.
It was a sorry sight, Thursday morning when the news team visited the station. Some of the expectant passengers had slept over the night in the communities and rushed to the station with hopes of getting a vehicle to transport them home.
“We are farmers and Traders who supply food stuff to the major markets in the metropolis and we beg the city mayor to please come to terms with the drivers for them to take us back to our villages else we will die of hunger”, Maame Esi Araba one of the passengers said .
It is not clear if the city authorities will rescind their decision but until then the passengers have to wait a bit longer.
Story by: Nana Yaw Kumi/Skyy News