A right- hand commercial driver, Lamin Bangura smiled as he heard the news from his colleague, that the ban on right-hand drive vehicles has been extended to the 31st December 2014.
Bangura who feeds his family from driving a right-hand commercial bus, says he was worried when the pronouncement was made that the ban on right-hand vehicles will take effect 1st September 2014.
“I was questioning what job to do to feed my family of 10, as the only work I was trained for driving”.
The 40 year old said, he bought the vehicle after he was paid his benefits working for a private company to take care of his family. He agreed that driving right-hand vehicle is dangerous, more especially when the country is using right hand traffic but appealed to government to give them one year to change their vehicle or sell them off as scrap before affecting the ban.
In a press release issued on the 29th August 2014 from the Ministry of Transport and the Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority (SLRTA) and transport stakeholders; “in view of the current public health emergency, they have decided to extend the implementation of the current ban to 31st December 2014.
The release signed by the Deputy Minister of Transport, Ibrahim Mansaray and the Executive Director SLRTA, Dr Sarah Bendu, states that “this ban will continue to target all right hand vehicles that are currently in the country and also right hand vehicles that are presently at the Queen Elizabeth 11 quay”.
Julian Cole who drives a right hand vehicle to work, says she was happy because he stays at Goderich and it is difficult to board vehicles to town.
She asserted that she was afraid to transform her vehicle from right hand drive to left because she was not sure if it will be done properly.
By Abibatu Kamara
Monday September 01, 2014