Imo residents want physical distancing in commercial vehicles


As the governmemt has partially relaxed the Covid 19 lockdown in Imo stste, some residents have suggested that physical or social distancing should be enforced in vehicles, especially commercial ones to prevent people from contracting the virus.


Our correspondent who went round to find out whether people were observing physical distancing or not, discovered that commercial vehiclet are still major source the virus could be easily contracted.


A civil servant, Emeka Onyia said ” the efforts of our governments will be in futility if we dont check our vehicles and tell the drivers how many people to carry in order to keep a respectable distance in a vehicle. The same way we made face masks compulsory is the same way we should  let drivers of commercial vehicles reduce the number of passengers to two in their back seats and one in front.”


Anayochukwu Elemba, a computer engineer,  lamented that commercial drivers in the state were working against the government and the people in the fight against Covid 19.

He said apart from not observing the physical distancing in their vehicles, they still hiked their fares this period, despite the reduction of fuel pump price, adding that they would always tell you to join another vehicle if you complained, as you did not buy any vehicle for them.


The two men said the lockdowns, or movememt restrictions were not necessary but that governments should be more proactive in enforcing safety measures as physical distancing in vehicles and other public places and wearing of face masks to help the country’s economy as well as those of individuals.

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