Video: Commuters stranded as trotro drivers embark on strike; Ashaiman drivers & mates engaged in soccer at the bus stop

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The Coalition of Commercial Transport Owners has withdrawn its services following the failure of the government to scrap some taxes on fuel in order to enable price reduction at the various pumps.

According to reports gathered by ABC News, this decision by the driver unions has let many students and workers who require the services of these trotro drivers to commute to their destinations stranded at various bus stops in the capital.
Clad in red paraphernalia, drivers at Ablekuma in Accra are registering their grievances on the street leaving commuters stranded and frustrated.
Various reports from Ashaiman indicates no trotro vehicle is allowed work as those who attempt to defy the strike directive risk having their cars damaged.
A section of the drivers and mates at Ashaiman have parked their vehicles and engaged in a fancy football at the full glare commuters at the bus stop.

Some commuters after several failed attempts to secure a public transport say they are left with no other alternative than to stay off work for today. However, a few benevolent citizens with private vehicles are offering lifts to ease the situation.

Speaking to an interview with JoyNews, the group’s spokesperson, Abass Imoro noted that the government must find a lasting solution to the hikes in fuel prices.

“We started this crusade for about two weeks now, we have applied all humble measures to this. Each time we come out with our program, government authority steps in, oh wait, give us time then we will reverse whatever decision we have taken. Not once, not twice but thrice or four times hence our people started accusing us that we are not good leaders.”

“Looking at the current economy in which we are, we researched and find out that there is a way out.  There are some taxes and levies and margins that can be scrapped out which will reduce the pump price for all of us to alleviate us from the current suffering,” he added.

The Coalition earlier threatened to embark on an indefinite strike action scrap on Monday, December 6, till government scraps off taxes like the Price Stabilization and Recovery Levy, Special Petroleum Tax, the Energy Recovery Debt Levy and the Sanitation levy.
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