Points allowed: Drivers of taxis and buses to threaten a sit-in
7 July 2011
Public transport employees and taxi drivers have sent a letter to the Minister of Transport. They demanded a meeting with Anil Bachoo to discuss the terms of penalty points that it wishes to apply.
Public transit could be paralyzed within a week, if the Department of Transportation continues to play a deaf ear to the bus drivers and taxi drivers. "We are not against the penalty point, but we Anil Bachoo think we should talk, key transport stakeholders before going ahead with this project, "said Yusuf Chotoye, the Chairman of the Joint Trade Union Front of Transport.
The latter, also thought that the bus drivers and taxis are the most vulnerable to violations. "We are the ones who drive the most, a bus driver, for example, may be eight to ten trips on a daily basis," suggests trade unionist. He explained that with the entry into force of penalty points, they risk losing their driver's license soon. "This is our livelihood, we can not sit idly by" he says.
The Trade Union Front of Transport and Taxi Proprietors Union, argue that they have the support of bus conductors and drivers of all public transit. "We hope that the minister realize that our approach may impede the transport, and simultaneously disrupt all activities in the country. The minister is accused, he is left to assume its responsibilities, "saidRaffick Bahadoor.
Side of the Ministry of Transport, Anil Bachoo intends shortly to arrange a meeting between trade unionists and leaders of the National Transport Authority. "We believe in dialogue, and we are willing to listen," let there be heard ministry.