The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) is expected to meet President Akufo-Addo and Transport Ministry on Friday to find solutions to the spread of Covid-19.
This follows concerns raised about congestion in the public transport system which flies in the face of social distancing rule in curbing novel coronavirus spread.
Commuters have lamented about the ineffectiveness of the recommended social distancing protocols if commercial buses stick to the current numbers.
@NAkufoAddo i have been wondering why at this point in time of Corona Virus epidemic the government have not yet banned the use of public transportation like trotro and taxis because these sorts of transports can spread the virus way faster than hospitals, churches and mosques.— opoku oduro emmanuel (@emmoduro) March 24, 2020
Social distancing…— Krymi (@krymimusic) March 22, 2020
A trotro should be full with just 4 passengers. One on every row.
Or minfa masem nsor hor?
Damn these folks in Kumasi dont seem to know what’s going on. Over-loaded trotro, tuk-tuk, crowded streets… no form of social-distancing; observations made from the airport to Asokwa.— Sri Kobe Subramaniam (@kobebigs) March 24, 2020
I’m scared more than ever.
Assin Central MP Kennedy Agypong recently added his voice to calls that commercial vehicles, popularly known as ‘trotro’ also serve as fertile breeding grounds for the spread of Covid-19.
On the back of these reservations, the GPRTU has proposed spacing up the seating arrangements in line with the social distancing directive.
On Wednesday, Chairman of the Union Kwame Kuma said, “the President asked all to bring their views for discussion.
“All the operators came on board and we discussed and concluded that we will be meeting the Transport Ministry on Friday.”
He further disclosed that his outfit will issue a communique after the meeting “for everybody to know what was arrived at concerning the seating arrangement.”
Meanwhile, transport consultant, Dr Godfred Akyea Darkwah says government must see to the reduction in fuel prices.
He believes this will augment the efforts of transport operators if the social distancing as being prescribed by the experts is anything to go by.