Thousands of Ghanaians got stranded at lorry parks early Monday morning throughout the country following a strike action by transport unions over grievance. Circle GPRTU
The drivers are resisting plans by the country’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to install seat belts in all buses and taxis and the use of biometric machines to check road worthiness of vehicles before issuing them with certificates.
The drivers are also rejecting a plan by the DVLA to get all commercial drivers to pass through accredited driving schools tests for any upgrade in their licenses.
The drivers are against a directive by the DVLA that it would soon refuse to issue driver’s license to applicants without senior high school certificate.
But the DVLA says the new directives are in conformity with Section 119 of the Road Traffic Regulation Legislative Instrument (LI) 2180 which will help achieve a 50 percent reduction in deaths and serious injuries associated with vehicle accidents by 2020.
The Ghana Private Transport Union (GPRTU) of the Ghana Trades Union Congress (TUC), Progressive Transport Association and the other unions declared last week they would embark on an indefinite strike action to protest the DVLA’s new measures.
John Mensah, an official of the GPRTU at La Paz, a suburb of the national capital, who spoke to Xinhua, declared: “I cannot understand why the DVLA should institute these measures now. They should give us time to adjust to the new system.”
He could not tell exactly when the strike would end, saying all depended on top officials of the unions. Enditem

-Xinhua

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