ALL over the world bus stops are provided in road construction designs.
THESE are strategically done to enable commuters alight from vehicles at vantage points close to their final destinations.
BUS stops are also meant to afford people the ease and safety to board vehicles, be they commercial or private, while ensuring some order and sanity on and along the roads.
IN most countries where public transport especially is well-structured, bus stop designs include shelter and seats for would-be passengers.
BUSES that use such stops also have a limited time to wait for passengers on board to come down and allow others to board.
THROUGH that strict measures, not only is order ensured at the bus stops but also there is free flow of traffic, while commuters are able to determine at what intervals they will be able to catch buses to their intended destinations and so be on time for various appointments.
IN fact, elsewhere at certain bus stops, people only have to wait for five, 10 or 15 minutes to catch a bus, which also allows for effective scheduling of appointments.
BUT , in Ghana, especially in metropolitan cities such as Accra, bus stops have rather been turned into lorry stations where taxis and ‘trotros’ park for minutes on end as their drivers’ mates cry themselves hoarse for unavailable passengers.
AND when that happens, we all know the discomfort that it creates as other vehicles are not able to use the bus stops and these vehicles end up parking on the shoulders of the roads to let passengers get down or go on board.
THIS trend that has caught on at many of the city’s bus stops, has brought about chaos on most routes, in view of the incessant traffic situation it has brought in its wake.
SUCH traffic always impinge on productivity, as a result of lost man-hours, and also causes fuel wastage and pollution brought about by the running of engines of many vehicles.
WHAT even makes the situation worse is the practice of stopping vehicles right in the middle of the road to pick passengers which denies other road users the right to use that road, until they (trotros and taxis) have finished picking or dropping passengers.
WE see this unruly behaviour by drivers on our roads as a clear demonstration of the indiscipline and lawlessness that has permeated the Ghanaian society.
NUMEROUS accidents have occurred along such chaotic roads because the vision of both drivers and pedestrians has been obstructed in many instances.
WE urge the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) to invoke the powers entrusted to them to deal with recalcitrant drivers.
WE also ask the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Ghana Police Service to collaborate with the MMDAs to apprehend and process the obstinate drivers for the motor court, so it will serve as a deterrent to others.
WE should make our laws work to save lives and dispel the notion that the law does not work in Ghana.