Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Brikama Bound Commuters Lament Serious Transport Difficulties

Must Read

IEC to Conduct By-Election for Niamina West Constituency, Kerr Jarga Ward

By Nelson Manneh The Independent Electoral Commission will conduct a National Assembly By-elections for the Niamina West Constituency in the...

Parliament Rejects Draft Constitution Bill 2020

By: Kebba AF Touray The National Assembly of the Gambia on Tuesday 22nd September 2020 rejected the Constitution Promulgation Bill...

Gambia Registers Two new COVID-19 related deaths, 14 New Cases

By Nelson Manneh The Gambia registered two new COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to one hundred...

By Louise Jobe/Hatab Njang

The downsizing of passengers on all commercial passenger vehicles continues to cause challenges between commuters and drivers leading the two to engage in quarrels and confrontations during their journey.

Malang Sonko who plies between Brikama and Serrekunda with his van, said the presidential proclamation does not favor them economically in terms of the fuel price they buy and the number of passengers they have been ordered to carry; that they now run at a loss in terms of what they give to vehicle owners and what they spend on fuel; that upon all this, some passengers who lack understanding report them to Police Officers for charging above the normal fares. Sonko said these are not normal time, adding extraordinary measures are required for them to also apply in order to get something to sustain them and their families.

Babucarr Ceesay another driver at the Brikama car park said the Ministry of Transport is yet to fully clarify this situation concerning the cost of fuel and transport fares between destinations; that the only solution to this problem is either for fuel prices to decrease or passenger fares to increase; that only through this can the transportation and fares issue be settled for all and for once. Ceesay also complained bitterly of police harassments during their work; that the Police usually stop them and ask their passengers to disembark from their vehicles; that this causes delay and losses in their journeys.

Awa Njie, a commuter who travels between Brikama and Serre Kunda, said she finds it very challenging to get a vehicle to travel from or to Brikama; that she is forced to pay several fares as a transit passenger before she reaches her destination to and from Brikama, which she said is a very unfair game played on them by drivers.

- Advertisement -

Latest News

IEC to Conduct By-Election for Niamina West Constituency, Kerr Jarga Ward

By Nelson Manneh The Independent Electoral Commission will conduct a National Assembly By-elections for the Niamina West Constituency in the...
- Advertisement -

Parliament Rejects Draft Constitution Bill 2020

By: Kebba AF Touray The National Assembly of the Gambia on Tuesday 22nd September 2020 rejected the Constitution Promulgation Bill 2020. The bill dubbed the Draft...

Gambia Registers Two new COVID-19 related deaths, 14 New Cases

By Nelson Manneh The Gambia registered two new COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to one hundred and ten. Both deceased cases were...

APRC Deputy Spokesperson Critical of Certain Clauses in Draft Constitution

By Nelson Manneh Dodou Jah, the Deputy Spokesperson of the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) Monday, 21st September made critical comments of the draft...

Is The Country Ready For A Third Republic?

QUESTION OF THE DAY The Election of 2016 and the peaceful transfer of power in 2017 took place under the 1997 Constitution. After the change...
- Advertisement -

People Also Read This