Get local truckers out of limbo

Editor, Allow me to react to the article, "Blame game as wait continues for law on RHD heavy trucks" (The New Times, November 25).
Transit cargo trucks at Gatuna border post. (John Mbanda)
Transit cargo trucks at Gatuna border post. (John Mbanda)

Editor,

Allow me to react to the article, “Blame game as wait continues for law on RHD heavy trucks” (The New Times, November 25).

This issue of right hand drive (RHD) and left hand drive (LHD) trucks is interesting. Rwanda registered LHD trucks drive 85% of the distance from Kigali to Dar es Salaam on the wrong side of the road according to Tanzanian law where one is required to drive on the left side of the road.

That means these drivers suffer 85% more than the East African counterparts. Moreover, East African RHD trucks are allowed to drive in Rwanda and don’t cause any problems.

The Government of Rwanda has always been and is swift in changing situations that affect the livelihood of Rwandans. This issue of RHD/LHD has been going around for ages; why cant the Government come out and make a decision?

Apart from transporters being driven out of business, it is well known that LHD cars are much more expensive than RHD ones. Do Rwandans have more income than other East Africans?

People incur extra costs in changing steering wheels to be able to import cars into Rwanda, exposing themselves and other passengers in case of PSVs to a huge risk of mechanical failure because of the improvisation.

Like in many cases where bureaucrats drag their feet until the President takes firm action, we really need his intervention in this issue.

Jane

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