The Ministry of Transport has again warned commercial drivers to stop “extorting money from passengers.” The Ministry in a release stated that the unscrupulous behavior of some commercial drivers, who are in the constant habit of overcharging passengers thus violating the published transportation rates issued by the Government of Liberia in a joint memorandum signed by the Ministries of Commerce and Industry and Transport must now stop.
It urged all commercial taxi drivers in the Monrovia area to desist from extorting passengers with immediate effect and adhere to the official transport fares.
It stated that any violators caught will be charged, for first offense US$100 for taxi and US$200 for transport pick-ups (TP)/transport buses (TB). The fine will be paid to the Ministry of Finance/Central Bank in a 24-hour period.
It further stated that a second offense will result into US$200 for taxi and US$400 for TP/TB; while a third time offender will have his driver’s license suspended for two years.
“To help the Ministry adequately enforce these measures, commuters and the general public are encouraged to report violators by calling the below hotline numbers for prompt redress by our field inspectors: 0888-960960 or 0888-961961.
The Ministry’s latest warning comes following persistent cries from commuters about being constantly overcharged.
One commuter, James Teah, who was waiting to board a bus on McDonald Street, yesterday told this newspaper that he does not believe that the Ministry’s warning will yield any result for them.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Transport said it is pleased to inform the public that the House of Representatives has passed the Axle Load Law submitted to the body in December 2014. The Axle Load Law will control certain kinds of vehicles from using certain roads, and will restrict the amount of load a vehicle can carry based on the number of axles the vehicle has. This will help to avoid the fast destruction of the road infrastructure in the Republic of Liberia.