By: Rancy S. Teewia
The Liberia Unique Driver Organization (LUDO) is calling on the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Transport to resolve the alarming hike in transportation fare in and around Montserrado County that is causing serious misunderstanding among drivers and passengers.
Speaking on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 in Paynesville Red Light during observance of LUDO first anniversary, the president of LUDO, Mr. Prince Gibson, informed the Ministry of Transport that drivers and passengers are clashing on a daily basis over the issues of transportation fare.
“Every day we are in dispute with passengers. If you tell the passenger that this is the fare, they will say you are lying and you are stealing from them, so we are calling on the government of Liberia to please settle the issue of transportation fare across Liberia,” LUDO President Prince Gibson recommended.
Mr. Gibson also used the occasion to call on the government to reduce the registration fees placed on vehicles, especially those that have depreciated in value. He also wants the government to stop those agents that are loiter around the Ministry of Transport producing fake licenses and fake vehicle registration documents.
At the same time, the Union is appealing to the District #5 Representative and Senatorial Candidate for the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in the upcoming December 8, 2020, midterm elections, Thomas P. Fallah, to open the alley that leads to the St. Kizito Catholic Church in Paynesville Red Light to avoid the bottleneck of traffic.
Also speaking at the occasion, Inspector of the Ministry of transport, Mr. Stephen B. Jones, who also served as guest speaker, urged all drivers to obey all traffic law and make sure to obtain their driver’s license and vehicle registration document. “You should learn all the vehicle laws in order to avoid embarrassment with law enforcers,” he cautioned.
The Liberia Unique Drivers Organization which was established on June 2, 2019 with the aim of improving the Liberia transport system as well as uniting drivers and passengers through social activities, and also to set up a unique transport policy that will positively affect the drivers in particular and Liberia in general.