Passengers stranded Commercial drivers embark on strike down strike

Drivers in some part of the country have embarked on a sit down strike to protest a directive issued by the DVLA for all vehicles to have seat belts.

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Commercial drivers in Ghana have embarked on a sit down strike to register their protest over what they term “unfair treatment” by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).

The drivers are accusing officials of the DVLA of extortion which they say is making life unbearable for them.

The chairman of the Association Charles Danso said the activities at the DVLA frustrate their business.

They said the DVLA’s directive to only register commercial vehicles with seat belts will collapse their business. According to the DVLA, the new directive is 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.

Meanwhile, in the Ashaiman municipality, the drivers have embarked on a demonstration over what they say are the deplorable nature of their roads.

Some roads been blocked leaving passengers stranded.

A driver who spoke to Pulse.com.gh said, “They [DVLA] are worrying us with the new biometric road worthy sticker, our license and the seat belts that should be put in all trotro seats,” he said.

He added that, “All our roads are not good; it is not the seatbelt which is killing Ghanaians, it is not the drivers who are killing Ghanaians, it is the bad roads we are working on.

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