Transport Fares Escalate in Monrovia

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Commercial drivers are now charging L$150 from Red Light Market to central Monrovia. It was previously L$90.

The woes of Monrovia’s commuters, businesspeople and others, continue to worsen as transport fares escalate unabated.

At the three major commercial districts of Red-light, Duala and Waterside, hundreds of commuters, public and private sector workers and businesspeople are seen stranded owing to hike in transport fares.

The Liberian Government and stakeholders in the transport sector have been unable provide adequate commercial transport vehicles for the thousands of Monrovia’s commuters and businesspeople.

Interestingly, commuters and businesspeople boarding commercial vehicles at the Red-light Market this Tuesday and Wednesday morning were asked to pay LD$90.00 and LD$100.00 per commuter.

On Thursday, commuters and businesspeople at the Red-light Market were seen in bitter confrontation with some commercial drivers and private vehicle operators on the issue of hike in transport fares.

Commuters and businesspeople from the commercial district of Duala on the Bushrod Island told the Daily Observer Tuesday that they facing a similar situation at the hands of commercial drivers.

On Wednesday at the commercial district of Waterside, commuters and businesspeople pointed out that they are at the mercy of what they called ”the exploitative commercial drivers and private vehicle operators” in Monrovia and its environs.

Sadly, Monrovia has now turned into a haven where every vehicle, with the exception of those in the Presidential and Vice Presidential convoys is involved commercial activities.

To make matters worse, most of the private car owners are extensively involved commercial spree and unreasonably hiking transport fares to the detriment of the commuters and businesspeople.

Besides, most private car owners during the late night hours over load the cars to the extent that commuters and businesspeople are compelled to board two at the front seat and some commuters in the trunks.

“Oh my goodness! Because our people are stranded and have no choice, they are bearing the brunt of the exploitative and hiking sprees of transport fares in Monrovia,” Mr. David Thompson lamented.

Mr. Thompson noted that the vulnerable commuters and businesspeople have become victims of circumstances and  can no longer handle the problem in Monrovia and its environs.

He, however, underscored the need for the urgent intervention of the Executive Mansion, Senate, House of Representatives and other critical stakeholders in the transport sector in Liberia.

On top of that, during late night hours, private car owners become laws unto themselves by operating their cars at excessive speed thus endangering the occupants’ lives.

Commuters and businesspeople on aboard  commercial and private vehicles directed their anger and frustration at the Liberian Government, given its seeming  inability to provide sustained, reliable and manageable transport vehicles over the years.

Meanwhile, a broad spectrum of the commuting public has sounded an urgent SOS appeal to the Government and stakeholders in the transport sector to work out practical and achievable programs for the country.

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