The attention of the Democratic Institute of Ghana (DIG) has been drawn to an on-going strike, began this morning, by commercial drivers, particularly in Accra and Ashaiman, as a result of the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Authority(DVLA) enforcing sections of its new legislative instrument(LI), which has resulted in chaotic scenes at many lorry stations and the stranding of many workers and the general travelling public.

While we concede that the DVLA has the statutory mandate to enforce the tenets of its new legislative instrument to regulate the driving profession and the duty to safeguard lives of the Ghanaian travelling public, the DIG would like to appeal for caution in the implementation of the terms contained in the L I and to seek further dialogue with the various drivers? unions in order to bring sanity into the situation.

We have also noted the unwarranted actions of some drivers in various locations in Accra and Ashaiman blocking roads and denying other road users their freedom to move about unhindered. That was an unruly behaviour which we condemn in no uncertain terms and wish to remind the drivers that such unwarranted behaviour could easily lead to breach of the peace which we all so much cherish.

The DIG would like to draw the attention of the Drivers to the fact that while they have the freedom to embark on strikes and demonstrations in our democratic dispensation to draw attention to their concerns, other citizens have the right to unhindered use of public facilities such as the road network in order to freely go about their day to day activities.

Finally, the DIG calls on the supervising Ministry of Transport under whose jurisdiction both the DVLA and the Drivers? Unions fall to take an immediate and swift action by bringing the feuding parties to the round table, to find an amicable solution to the problem. The Ghana Private Road Transport Union(GPRTU) and Progressive Transport Owners? Association (PROTOA) have always had good working relations with the Ministry of Transport and we hope they would be amenable to a peaceful resolution of this matter. We urge sanity to prevail for the common good.



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