The importance of the transportation industry to the wellbeing of the society at large cannot be over-emphasised.

The role transportation plays is so constant that their demand is very important to the smooth conduct of activities in the country.

Therefore, any disruption in transport activities is bound to cripple and negatively affect travel and movement of people, especially public sector workers.

That is why, the Times is alarmed by the decision of transport owners, to strike over the intended 500 per cent increase in insurance premiums.

The transport owners have declared a nationwide strike from Monday, to protest against the insurance premiums, describing them as outrageous.

The Ghana Insurance Association (GIA), in June 2015, proposed an 800 per cent increase in motor insurance premiums, but following protests from transport unions, it was reduced to 400 per cent.

At a news conference in Accra, on Tuesday, Mr. Charles Danso, the spokesperson, insisted that the commercial drivers would not work if the decision is not reversed.

Indeed, if the story of the transporters are to be believed, then they have a case which the National Insurance Commission would be expected to answer.

Without a tangible response to the accusations leveled against GIA by the transporters, we urge for restraint.

We sympathise with the transport owners and feel their pain, because many of us would be paying the same premium or more.

Already, there are complaints about the plethora of taxes that have been increased at the beginning of the year, and for which some Ghanaians have already demonstrated against.

Admittedly, at the time the GIA proposed the increases, they gave a number of reasons why they had to increase the premium to the level they proposed.

There might be merit in their proposal, but we urge them to take a cue from government’s recent reduction of tariffs to respond positively to the appeal by the transporters.

The country cannot afford to have citizens jump onto the street to demonstrate against one decision or another at the least opportunity.

We urge all the stakeholders to quickly get back to the negotiating table to resolve the impasse quickly to prevent the shutdown of the country by the strike.

The transporters deserve to be heard and all efforts should be made to listen to them now!


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