Drivers refuse to pay tolls for bad roads

Mr.Isaac-Ashai-Odamtten Tema Metropolitan-Chief Executive MCE-COMMERCIAL and private vehicle drivers who use the Tema Mankoadze Lorry Park, in the Tema metropolis, on Wednesday, refused to pay daily tolls to the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) in protest against the bad nature of the place.

It took assurances from the Metropolitan Chief Executive that the place would be facelifted, for them to resume paying tolls yesterday.

The lorry station, which serves as a parking space for the Tema-Cape Coast, Aflao, Bolga Kumasi, Swedru, Kasoa and Kumasi branches of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), among others, has developed deep potholes for over two years now.

The Tema main branch chairman of the GPRTU, Mr. Vincent Okai Tawiah, when contacted, confirmed their action, saying the poor nature of the place was causing serious damage to their vehicles which had compelled them to spend huge sums of money on the maintenance of their vehicles.

“Our shock absorbers, springs and tyres are the worse affected and this cannot continue. We offered to fix the place ourselves but the TMA refused and assured us that they would do it, but we have waited for far too long and cannot wait anymore, hence, the decision not to pay the tolls from Wednesday, until the station is rehabilitated,” he told The Ghanaian Times.

He said the branch felt they had been taken for granted and, therefore, would not accept further assurances as it was only interested in seeing workers at the place before it could rescind its decision.

Currently, private and commercial buses are paying GH¢1, while cargo trucks pay GH¢2.

When the Times contacted the Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr. Isaac Ashai Odamtten, at about 1pm on Wednesday, he said the assembly had met the executive of the GPRTU “and the issue has been resolved”.

He said the drivers had agreed to pay the tolls while the potholes would be filled by Saturday.

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