Drivers strike over BRT system

A group of public transport operators known as Committed Drivers Association is starting an indefinite strike today, Monday September 19.

The strike is in protest to the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system which dedicates a lane on roads to certain buses, thus preventing local commercial buses and taxis from using those lanes.

The group is also kicking against the introduction of Uber Taxi services in Ghana which they say would kill their business.

The Chairman of the group told the media that after the strike, the group would also hold nationwide protests against the government over the BRT system and the introduction of Uber Taxi services.

Uber is a technology company that connects riders and drivers at the touch of a button. Available in 467 cities across 72 countries, the Uber platform is evolving the way the world moves. Uber’s mission is to change the way citizens of the world move, work, and live. It aspires to transform the way people connect with their communities and to bring reliability, convenience and opportunity to transport systems.

In June this year, Accra was named the latest city to join Uber’s booming network in Africa. But it appears the drivers are not happy with its presence in the country.

The situation will mean all commercial drivers who are members of the association will stay away from work on 19 September. Passengers could be stranded as a result.