Campus taxi drivers on Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have expressed their disinterest in the operation of Uber drivers and the introduction of the free shuttle system on the university’s campus.
Since the introduction of Ghana’s first GPS enabled campus shuttle system on the campus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), accredited taxi drivers have since complained about the reduction in patronage of their service.
When Focus News set to find out how patronage has been during the long vacation some taxi drivers expressed that when students are in school there is no difference between when the students are on vacation because they utilize the shuttle more which dwindles their daily patronage.
They attributed the problem to some private taxis and Uber drivers who have been operating on campus preventing the students from utilizing their taxis which has been embossed with stickers.
After the introduction of the free shuttle system, the taxi drivers were expecting to be allowed to operate at the faculty areas which they believe some students would prefer the taxi to the shuttle when they are being delayed at the shuttle station.
In an interview with a concerned campus driver Abraham he said
‘’six years ago the work was in good shape but the introduction of the free shuttle system has slowed the business decreasing our daily sales and also Uber drivers’ operation on campus is increasing at an alarming rate leaving us with very little to fend for our family. Most of us are not car owners so at the end of the day we are expected to make sales to the car owners which we are finding it difficult these days because of our low daily income rate. We want the authorities to help us’’
The taxi drivers believe the authorities can help in resolving the situation at hand and they are counting on them to act accordingly.