Motorists plying to and from the Bo axis have alleged that the Police have multiplied checkpoints along roads to Moyamba, Pujehun, Bonthe and Bo causing discomfort to passengers.
They complain that they are now required to pay more and in advance to prepare the way for drivers to bribe at each and every Police checkpoint along the roads.
This unfortunate trend has given rise to increasing cost of fares with its corresponding cost of essential goods transported to Towns and Villages mostly in the Provinces.
Speaking to Awoko News disgruntled motorists who begged not to be named for fear of reprisals said the situation has further deteriorated as they are often required to make payments in advance. They also alleged that if they fail to pay they risk being dragged to Court on multiple trumped-up charges.
For their part Drivers plying along Pujehun Koribondo, Sumbuya Sahn Malen routes all the way to Torma Bum said they pay nothing less than Le 50,000 to and from their destinations a situation most say has brought them untold problems between them and the vehicle owners sometimes leading to their untimely dismissal.
Responding, traffic officers said the situation is being blown out of proportion with the view of putting them in bad light as the motorists are in the habit of doing the wrong thing with the hope of going free only to give the Police a bad name.
Traffic Officers also said charging drivers to court is always the last resort and that they have always tried to help the situation as most if not all the Drivers hardly respect the Traffic code.