Drivers grumble of low income as state of public emergency order for carrying passengers at half

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Following the invocation of powers vested on the president by the 1997 constitution to declare a state of public emergency, the traffic has been manifesting some unusual characteristics especially during the wee hours.

In his second address to the nation, Adama Barrow ordered drivers to cut down the number of passengers by half in efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

This move does not go down well with drivers some of who are now confined to income only good enough to refund operational cost.

In spite of a few commercial vehicles being on the routine business, of commuters are left to wonder whether to spend beyond their daily transport budgets or remain stranded and forget about their important errands altogether.

Additional reasons for the shortage in vehicles on the road concern the enforcement of the presidential degree by the traffic police.

A number of drivers including Ousman Kalleh chose to park in most of the day in protest against what they called the enforcement of financial brutality on them for very minor reasons.

The order to cut down passengers per vehicle came along with government’s decision to cut down all official operation that will led to reduction in the number of workers in public offices.

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