LMTU Proposes New Policy to Govern “Pem Pem” Riders

first_imgFeeling the pain of government’s ban on commercial motorcycling in Ganta, Nimba County, the Liberia Motorcycle Transport Union (LMTU) has proposed a new policy to govern commercial motorcycling across the country. The new policy would prohibit persons under 18 years of age from operating commercial motorcycles; that they should now run from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to avoid any reoccurrence of motorcyclists being killed under the cover of darkness, as it was allegedly reported in the case in Ganta.Among other measures, each bike must carry a picture of the particular rider assigned to it, as well as names of bike owners; that all motorbikes be painted with a particular color, according to their location; that no unregistered third party be allowed to operate any commercial motorbike.LMTU also called for riders to abide by the rule of law by going through proper periodic training in order to keep them informed of the traffic regulations.While calling on the government to endorse the new policy, they also called for speedy investigation into the death of their member whose gruesome death sparked the recent demonstration in Ganta.The ban on the movement of commercial motorcycling in Ganta has hampered every activity of the youth, most of who depend on it to sustain themselves.The September 30 riot, which led to the ban on commercial motorcycling activities in Ganta by the government, was due to the assaults on a police station, the DEA office and the properties of business man Prince Howard. Mr. Howard, who was accused by the angry crowd for his alleged complicity into the gruesome murder of the cyclist, suffered an arson attack on his Alvino Hotel in Ganta City. An LMTU official told the Daily Observer that the proposed policy would be presented to the Liberia National Police, the Ministry of Transport and other relevant authorities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA petition to Donegal County Council and to the County Librarian, with over 1,000 signatures, has been collected in The Rosses area to save Dungloe Library. Petitioners want cuts to staffing levels and opening hours to be reversed.They are also calling for the library to remain in its current location at Ionad Teampaill Chróine. Councillors in the Glenties Municipal District were presented with a copy of the petition at their inaugural meeting in Dungloe this week.The petition has also been sent to Eileen Burgess, County Librarian and to Seamus Neely, County Manager at Donegal Co Council, and Michael O’hEanaigh, Director of Community, Culture and Planning at Donegal County Council.A spokesman said people in The Rosses are upset about the recent cut to the library’s opening times and the threat to move the library from its current location in Ionad Teampaill Chróine to the Public Services Building in Dungloe.“The recent decision to close the library on Saturdays has been a major blow to Dungloe. Many people from the surrounding areas came to Dungloe to shop on Saturdays, and to use the library. Without the library they may choose to shop elsewhere, with access to a library. “The one late night opening was very useful to many people who are at work or college during the day. Students in the area who have just completed their junior and leaving certificates hugely missed the lack of a library facility on any evening and on Saturdays in Dungloe,” said the spokesman.Since the departure of one member of staff in April, the library must now close when the current sole staff member is not there – at lunchtimes but also during annual or sick leave.“A town library having to close because of staff leave is not acceptable,” added the spokesman.The library is an anchor tenant in the Ionad Teampall Chroine building and a move to the Public Services Building in Dungloe would have a negative impact on Dungloe – a town which is struggling to survive.The Ionad hosts various functions that are enhanced by the library’s presence in the building, for eg, the annual cultural and literary Peadar O’Donnell weekend. The Ionad is a focus for arts and heritage and an integral part of the town. The building, which was the old chapel in Dungloe, was renovated some years ago at a considerable cost and community effort and houses the library, a café, tourist information desk as well as a centre which runs classes and hosts arts events.“The people of the Rosses are calling on Donegal County Council to employ another member of staff to enable the library to continue to serve the public well and for the well being of the town.“The county council need to push for an exemption to the recruitment embargo for libraries in the county. We can’t be without a library service just because staff retire or leave,” added the spokesman.MORE THAN 1,000 PEOPLE SIGN PETITION TO SAVE DUNGLOE LIBRARY was last modified: June 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalDungloe librarypetitionsavelast_img read more