Interstate travel: fears may be increased, says NURTW.

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The National Union of Road Transport Workers(NURTW) has thanked the Federal Government for lifting ban on iner-state travel within the country.

However, Kabiru Yau, who is the acting General Secretary of the union, has pleaded with the Federal Government to subside operation cost for motorists.

According to him, guidelines outlined by the Government for their resumption of operation amidst covid19 pandemic required operators to carry few passengers on each trips thereby reducing their income.

He said the Union would ensure that passengers obey the NCDC precautionary measures of regular hand washing, waring of face masks, social distancing and the use hand sanitizer.

In his words: “We thank the Federal Government for lifting the ban; it is a welcome development because it is over three months that our members have been out of jobs and without income.

“At least, our people will now start working and get something to feed their families.

“But at the same time, due to the spacing in the vehicles which will require the drivers to carry only nine or ten instead of the usual 18 passengers, the income of the drivers will be reduced.

“So we want the government to help subsidise the cost of those passengers that we will not be carrying or we will have to increase our transport fares.

“This is because the money that will be generated from the reduced number of passengers will barely cover the cost of fuel for the journey”.

“So, what is the gain? What will you give to the owner of the vehicle? So, the government should please help us look into this matter.”

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