Commercial vehicles, popularly referred to as “trotros’ in Ghana are a constant feature in the country’s transport system.
Millions of Ghanaians make use of them on a daily basis.
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In these vehicles, there are several instances in which conflicts emerge.
YEN.com.gh brings to you 6 situations that could, without warning, begin a conflict in these vehicles.
It is a popular belief that the drivers’ mates almost always unwilling to give the balance due the passenger, especially when it is in coins.
The rationale behind their actions are not clear till date. T
heir usual excuse is that they actually don’t have the balance to give out. This usually starts a war of words in trotros.
2. Places of pickup and of destination:
A new passenger means more money for the driver and his mate.
They would therefore do almost anything to get new people on board the trotro. However they are often reluctant to drop you off at your desired destination.
They could stop anywhere to get a new passenger; they don’t show the same enthusiasm when you want to alight.
3. Seating positions:
Where to sit in trotro is a big deal for some passengers.
No one wants to be in an uncomfortable position. As such people develop all forms of tactics to get the seats they desire.
This is often another recipe for war.
4. Overloaded trotros
And then there is the issue of an overloaded trotro. The driver’s mate is often willing to sacrifice his seat for an extra passenger, as it means more money for him.
Some other passengers usually voice out their displeasure at such tactics, and if care isn’t taken, a “war” follows.
5. Waiting for the trotro to get full
Waiting for the trotro to get full, especially in the mornings, is another recipe for a trotro war.
It sometimes takes forever for the vehicle to get full, and if care isn’t taken, some passengers often protest in anger.
6. Noise in trotros
Phone calls, conversations between two or more people or a blaring radio are some of the factors that can make a trotro a headache to travel with.
Passengers usually ensure such inconveniences, and if care isn’t taken, things could go to another level.
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