The conspicuous absence of commercial vehicles from the streets of Freetown yesterday created an embarrassment to not only passengers but also exposed the inability of government to provide transportation to ease the continuous struggle for transport in the country.
Most school children who were to take exams were unable to go to school while those who were able to make it arrived very late in school. This was a similar situation with workers and businessmen who rely on commercial transport as the only means of getting to their work places.
A couple of commercial drivers who were in an angry mood voiced out their frustration at the manner in which traffic police officers are persistently harassing them.. James Sevalie, a taxi driver told our reporter that the police have been extorting money from them unnecessarily whenever they commit minor offences like parking in the wrong place. James said that the traffic rules have failed to clearly differentiate between a parking space and bus stops.Prince Abdulai Campbell, a Poda Poda driver angrily said that a lot of drivers have been sent to prison for minor offences. He disclosed that whenever drivers are arrested the police will request money from them and if any driver refuses to comply he will be charged to court where he will be heavily fined or sent to prison. He also said drivers will be happy to see traffic policemen controlling the traffic instead of police officers.