29th June, 2020
A team led by the Executive Director of the SLRSA Mr. Ibrahim Sannoh and his Deputy Mr. James Baggie Bio conducted an on-the-spot check to major Lorry parks in the Eastern part of Freetown. The on-the-spot check is not unconnected with the Authority’s quest to monitor the implementation and enforcement of the use of passenger manifest by the Drivers and General Transport Workers Union at various lorry parks across the country.
The Executive Director, Mr. Ibrahim Sannoh told a cross section of drivers at the Dan Street lorry Park that the visit was a prompt and call to action in ensuring full compliance to the directives of His Excellency President Bio for the robust enforcement of the use of Passenger Manifest by all intercity transport services. Routine checks was conducted on vehicles to ascertain the correctness of Passenger Data on the Manifest of each vehicle. Further checks made at the Texaco lorry park proved that there was considerable level of compliance by drivers and there is robust enforcement done by the Drivers Union National Executives.
Mr. Sannoh said, the SLRSA will continue to monitor the process to ensure total compliance. Our Road Safety Corps and Traffic Personnel of the Sierra Leone Police will be deployed at strategic locations on the highways and will apprehend anybody that attempts to sabotage the initiative” he said. He called on the Drivers Union and The Passenger Welfare Association to support the process.
It could be recalled that, His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio in his recent address to the nation among other things called for the implementation and enforcement of mandatory use of Passenger Manifest by intercity transport services and the use of face mask by passengers of public transport as part of strategies in defeating COVID19
Many onlookers commended the SLRSA and called for proper and robust monitoring and enforcement of the process.
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