Operators of the tricycle motorbikes otherwise known as Mahama “Camboo” in Tamale are urging angry taxi drivers in the metropolis who went on a sit-down strike to continue with their strike action.
The sit-down strike by the taxi drivers, the tricycle operators observed boosted their sales on Tuesday and Wednesday because most taxis were not operating.
According to them, their daily earnings multiplied beyond their imagination and wish that the taxi drivers’ strike lasted for a week so that they could buy more tricycles to transport the people in Tamale and its surrounding communities.
They have also accused the taxi drivers of trying to thwart government’s efforts in reducing unemployment in the country with the introduction of the “Mahama Camboo”.
”You are the same people who say there are no jobs and when government created the jobs, you are complaining again, why?”, they asked.
The “Mahama Camboo”, as it is popularly called, came into the transport business through the Microfinance and Small Loans Center (MASLOC), a government agency that is providing support for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
“Mahama Camboos” and Motorkings were loaned to some youth for GH ¢ 12,800.
Whereas taxis charge GH ¢1 for the shortest distance within Tamale township, the tricycles charge between Gp 50 and Gp70 depending on the distance.
Some taxi drivers however described their operations as illegal and claim their activities contravene the road safety regulations and want the police to stop them.
But the tricycle operators say the accusations by the taxi drivers are baseless and unfounded.