Commercial drivers in the capital have served notice they will hold a protest march on Monday, September 19, 2016 to express their displeasure regarding plans by the government to roll out the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
According to the Public Relations Officer for the ‘Committed Drivers Association’, Francis Appiah, government’s plan will throw them out of business or harm their economic fortunes.
President Mahama has stated the system shall be rolled out before the year expires to boost the transport situation in the country.
Meanwhile Mr. Appiah alleged because the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) required dedicated lanes, commercial drivers operating at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle shall be moved to the Achimota Transport Terminal while those who ply the 37 route shall be moved to the Hajj Park.
He insisted the new plan will make commercial driving work at Kaneshie, Circle and other suburbs difficult and unbearable for the drivers who have families to feed.
The country is set to begin operating the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Accra in November this year. It is hoped with the BRT, there would be freer vehicular movement, relief to motorists and reduce delays.
About 100 BRT buses are expected to ply the Achimota-Accra, Amasaman-Accra and Ofankor-Accra routes in the first phase of the BRT system.