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20.04.2005 Regional News

Don't load on Main Street - bus operators told

By GNA

Agona Swedru (C/R), April 20, GNA - The Agona Swedru branch of the Progressive Transport Owners Association (PROTOA), has appealed to the Ministry of Roads and Transport to stop the Mass Transport Buses from loading on main roads.

They should have their bus stop properly constructed off the road for them instead of picking passengers at the roadside such as the road traffic-lights area on the Oda-Swedru road at Agona Swedru, the branch Chairman of PROTOA, Mr Yaw Fayah, said in an interview with the GNA. He said the operators of the Mass Transport had persistently ignored advice to use the bus terminal at the Swedru Mandela Park.

Addressing an emergency executive meeting of the association at Swedru on Monday, Mr Fayah said leaders of PROTOA highly appreciated government efforts at improving the transport system in the country. He said, however that the Association would not sit down unconcerned for the operators of any state transport organisation Mr Fayah gave the assurance of the Association's full support in maintaining discipline on the roads and appealed to the Agona Swedru Police to step up their daily patrols in the township. He also urged the Police to clear other vehicles loading from near the Swedru-Akim Oda road traffic light from the spot without fear or favour.

Mr Abdul Fatawo, Chief Driver of the Association, commended the leaders of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union and other transport organisations in the town for their co-operation and understanding to promote the sector in the Agona District.

He pledged PROTOA's continued co-operation with them to improve public transport system in the area.

Mr Abdul Baai Latif, Station Master, advised members of the Association, especially those who plying between Swedru and Accra on the rehabilitated Winneba Junction Kasoa road, to exercise caution to avoid preventable accidents.

He warned that members caught having worn out tyres on their vehicles would face severe sanctions.

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