The Federation of Road Transport Union of Liberia (FRTUL) has expressed concern over the wave of accidents along the Ganta – Monrovia highway in recent times and has therefore urged passengers to avoid boarding commercial or private vehicles that do not go through the federation.
The head of the union in Nimba, Lawrence Queeglay, told the Daily Observer that boarding vehicles that are not registered with the Union may pose danger to their lives, because whenever anything happens there will be no record to track them.
“We want every passenger to go through the dispatching department so as to have document on each of the passengers,” he said.
He also said the proliferation of transport services in the country is another contributing factor that is disturbing their activities, because, according to him, many of the new transport unions do not have terminals to record the movement of passengers so, as a result, they load anywhere on the street without tracking their passengers.
“Recently, a unknown commercial car had an accident on the Ganta – Gbarnga highway with five persons on board, but the families of the victims could not be found because there was no record to trace them,” he explained.
Presently, there are three transport unions operating in Nimba including, FRTUL, the ECOWAS Transport Union, the Independent Mano River Transport Union as well the street “car loaders” who cannot be identified with any of these groups, FRTUL said.