Operations of commercial drivers in Ashanti region appears to be gradually precipitating towards a total shutdown as the country witnesses a soaring death toll in relation to the prolific coronavirus infection.
All commercial drivers within the Kumasi Metropolis have been subjected to mandatory conditions by authorities of KMA- that is a reduction in the number of passenger intake per vehicle as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Public Health Emergency Committee of KMA have locked their heads in an agreement with the 24 transport unions in Kumasi premised on conditions catalogued below that;
1. All commercial drivers will reduce the number of passenger per seat , for example 4 seater to 3 seater and 3 seater to 2 seater to give room for social distancing;
2. Hand washing and sanitizing of vehicle per trip.
3. Registering of passengers at the various stations and
4. Opening of windows to allow fresh air.
According to a press release signed by the Public Relations Officer for KMA, Madam Henrietta , the above underscored measures are in tandem with the safety precautions of Ghana Health Service.
The assembly has again ordered all non-unionised drivers to join an existing unions of their choice at no cost within a month’s grace period with immediate effect else will be sanctioned.
By Enock Akonnor