At least 100 taxi drivers were on a sit down strike yesterday in protest of “the numerous restrictions” they face on the highway in the hands of the traffic police the Point reports.
The drivers, mostly those who ply Kairaba Avenue and Senegambia to Turntable in Bijilo, said they are now forced by the police to use roads that are not good and in addition, the police frequently arrest and waste their times.
In an interview, one of the protesting drivers, Dawda Sonko, said he and his colleagues were “frustrated by the restrictions without any reason”.
“From American embassy to the Traffic Lights, anywhere you stop, you will be arrested and that is hindering our work,” he said. “Most of us taxi drivers are working for others and we are asked by those owners of the taxi to give at least a certain amount of money every day.”
Dawda also bemoaned that the police do ask them to be using the ‘back-way’ route to Westfield Corporative garage but the route is not in good condition.
“We want the government to help construct the back-way route or make the police allow us to use Westfield Highway for easy access; the highway is right now one way for commercial vehicles,” he said. “We also need a strong drivers union that will be in charge of our daily welfare and where we can report our complaints.”