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‘513 right hand drivers perishing’

…laments Drivers Union president

January 12, 2014 By Victoria Saffa

President of the Sierra Leone Motor Drivers and General Transport Workers Union, Alpha Bah, has disclosed that 513 drivers of right hand vehicles are ‘perishing’ due to the ban on the use of the vehicles.

The ban was imposed last year by the Ministry of Transport and Aviation in tandem with the Road Safety Authority, and was due to have come into effect in September 2014 but was deferred until 1 January 2015.

Bah was speaking last Friday during a joint presser with the Grassfield Youth Development Organization as part of efforts to complement the work of the National Ebola Response Centre.

He claimed that most of the 513 right hand vehicles have been sent to garages for transformation to left hand drive, but there are no mechanical experts available, while many drivers are at present jobless.

The Drivers Union president continued that the decision of the Ministry of Transport and Aviation and Sierra Leone Roads Safety Authority to allow government vehicles belonging to the Army, Police, Statistics Sierra Leone, ambulance service, and private waste management company, MASADA, to ply the roads, despite being right handed, “is a systematic and selective implementation of a negative justice whiles the number of passengers in commercial vehicles has been reduced”.

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