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Commercial drivers operating in the Tema West Municipality have been urged to join any of the transport unions instead of operating on “floating” basis.

Mrs Adwoa Amoako, Tema West Municipal Chief Executive, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said activities of ‘floating drivers’ had become a nuisance in the Municipality and her outfit was putting in measures to stop their operations.

Mrs Amoako indicated that every commercial vehicle must be registered with a transport union and the Assembly to operate from any of the recognized lorry stations in the area to promote sanity on the roads.

According to her, a taskforce made up of city guards of TWMA, the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service and representatives of the various transport unions in the area was being constituted to check activities of floating drivers in the area.

She observed that because such drivers were available to pick passengers at just any unauthorized place, commuters refused to patronize vehicles at the lorry stations, a situation which had led to a lot of indiscipline on the roads as floating drivers could stop in the middle of the road for people to either get on board or alight.

The MCE also cautioned passengers against patronizing such vehicles because they could get injured in the process of hurriedly joining or getting off such vehicles adding that the probability of retrieving properties left behind in those vehicles was slim as they could not be traced to any station.

Mrs Amoako also urged commercial drivers in the area to fulfil their financial obligations to the Assembly to enable TWMA to mobilize enough revenue for developmental projects including construction of modern lorry parks for them.

Commercial vehicles are required to register with the Assembly in respect of route permit, sticker, and commercial vehicle registration and embossment of operating numbers on the vehicles.

To emboss the numbers, a mini bus (trotro) operator would pay GHs50 while a taxi attracts GHs35 in addition to a GHs80 sticker annually.


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