Passengers are seen boarding a bus at the Basel bus park in Serrekunda, Banjul, Gambia January 17, 2017 REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Gambian drivers boycott roads protesting fare reduction

Gambian drivers are expressing displeasure over the reduction of fares by the government, refusing to transport commuters, most of whom on Monday have been unable to go to work.

The driver decried the government’s decision and accused authorities of being inconsiderate to their plight. According to the country’s transport union leaders, the reduction will affect drivers’ salaries.

“We earn our living here and this is how we help our families. This reduction of the price will greatly affect us,” they said.

Gambian authorities last week lowered the price of transport fares, one of the decisions it is expected to make to reduce the cost of goods and services.

According to the transport ministry, fuel prices have been reduced since 2013 but the former regime ignored the need to have prices reduced.

Prices were reduced by at least 10 percent, the lowest in has been in nearly a decade.

Drivers are expected to return a turnover of at least D500 for taxis and at least D1050 for mini-vans, a margin that they say would be difficult if not impossible to meet to sustain their businesses.

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