Taxi drivers had until 17 July 2016 to proceed with the renovation of their cars. The measure was taken and made public over a month ago by Josué Me Mah, former Regional Commissioner of Transport for the Centre.
This indicated the need to improve the state of the car bodies, clean taxis and dresses of drivers. Besides this they had to paint the yellow taxis, number the front doors and install radio stations. By this measure it was for the authority prompted, to give a positive image of Cameroon in the area of transport at the 2016 African Cup of Nations.
However, we see that nothing has changed today. The political capital always has dilapidated cars. And the sanctions announced in the measure are not applied. The daily edition of Le Jour of August 23, 2016 states that “offenders were supposed to have their vehicles removed from circulation or their transport licenses withdrawn.“
As for urban transport unions, the passivity of the administration is justified by the allocation of the former Regional Commissioner of Transport for the Centre.
“When the measure was made public, we organized the awareness campaign of taxi drivers within our union. We stopped because the new delegate does not give us the impression that he will continue in the same vein. We wait and see, “said Patrice Samen national president of urban and intercity carriers of Cameroon.
Ngangoua Augustin, a member of SYNATUIRCAM, also said: “We agree that the condition of vehicles in Cameroon is to be reviewed, but we ask everyone to do his work. The Cup of African Nations is a national and not a regional event. Therefore such a measure must be taken by a national authority “.