Nov 06, 2008 News
Following the accident on the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB) on Tuesday night, almost 200 West Coast Demerara residents were trapped at the Stabroek Market waiting for Route 32 minibuses to shuttle them back to their homes.
It was the same with people seeking to travel to the city. They were trapped on the other side of the river.
The shortage of minibuses caused profound distress to commuters, as they waited for some sort of transportation. The Demerara River Speedboat Service had stopped working at 18:00 hours, as usual.
Some of the commuters reported waiting until 23:00 hours for minibuses, and many of them had to eventually end up having to pay excessive rates to taxi drivers to ferry them across the bridge and to their final destinations.
The shortage of Route 32 minibuses at the bus park prompted minibus operators to overload minibuses to accommodate the people who wanted to go home. Passengers said that they did not mind the minibuses being overloaded that night; everyone needed to get home.
Compounding the situation was the fact that members of the Guyana Police Force positioned themselves at the Houston Bypass and proceeded to stop the overloaded minibuses.
Tempers flared and some told the police ranks that the reason the minibuses were overloaded was because there was a lack of transportation to the West Coast. The ranks, however, paid them no heed.
In the end some sense prevailed and some ranks turned a blind eye. There were no reports of the buses overcharging.
By yesterday, the situation had returned to normal and people once more moved freely.
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