Oshakati bans random loading of commuters

13 Dec 2013 13:40pm
OSHAKATI, 13 DEC (NAMPA) - The Oshakati Town Council has urged public transport operators to load and offload passengers in an orderly manner at the town over the festive season and in future.
The town council’s spokesperson, Jackson Muma said this in an interview with Nampa recently. He pointed out that the council, in conjunction with the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (Nabta), entered into an agreement a few weeks ago to regulate the orderly loading and offloading of commuters at Oshakati.
The identification of just one loading and offloading site at the town, Muma said, is one of the measures put in place to ensure the handling of commuters by long distance bus and taxi operators in an orderly manner.
Muma stated that an area between the Okatana Service Station and the town’s main road near the Omatala Open Market has been identified and already implemented as the only loading and offloading zone.
“No other place at the town will be used to drop off or pick up commuters, and the idea is to prevent random handling of commuters at our town,” Muma stated, adding that the Okatana Service Station loading and offloading zone is a temporary arrangement.
According to him, Nabta is entrusted with appointing loadmasters at that zone and at the same time, to maintain order as well as to ensure that customers bags are not grabbed.
The grabbing of customers’ bags by operators and their assistants has been a disturbing phenomenon at Oshakati terminals for years, but Muma said the local authorities agreed to put a stop to it.
“Unnecessary increase of prices to people travelling between the north and the southern parts of the country, where operators overcharge commuters especially during the festive season, will also be dealt with this time around,” he noted.
The Oshakati Town Council is busy establishing a permanent loading and offloading terminal at the town’s new Omatala Open Market, which is still under construction.