The Managing Director of Metro Mass Transport Limited, Albert Adu Boahen, has stated that the public-private transport company has between 180-190 buses hitting the roads across the country on daily basis.
These buses are out of the 200 fleets of buses currently at the disposal of Metro Mass Transport Limited which are spread across all 16 regions.
Speaking to some journalists in Accra on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, concerning media reportage which claims that about 200 buses belonging to the transport company have been grounded and affecting public service, Adu Boahen noted that such reports lack merit since it is not a true reflection of the current state of affairs of the company.
According to him, the buses that the said media reportage made reference to are buses earmarked for scrapping and have been parked at the company’s yard since 2014.
“Metro Mass as a Limited Liability Company has a policy guiding scrapping of buses. Buses earmarked to be scrapped are taken through technical examinations to determine whether such buses are viable for operations or not. When that is done, STC will then come in to do a valuation to determine the prices for such buses before they are auctioned. The auctioneers are supposed to cut the buses including the chassis or frames and then take the pieces away. Buses sold as scraps cannot be moved away from the depot in its full form. Also, Metro Mass have state of the art workshops across all depots in the regions with a competent Technical team including Technical Managers whose main duties are to maintain and service the buses”, he noted.
He said when President Kuffuor set up Metro Mass, he started with 1,024 buses with a working population of over 4000. The buses which were procured at the time we’re supposed to be replaced after eight years to conform to the Buses Acquisition Plan of the company.
However, successive government’s failure to follow up with the plan, resulting in about 85% of the current fleet of buses being overaged which comes with high operational costs.
He further explained that the erstwhile administration led by President John Dramani Mahama got the chance to replace most of the overaged buses with more robust or durable ones. However, those that were procured by the administration with brands such as TATA, Ashok and Huangai, failed to live up to expectations.
“Some of these buses after being taken from the port could not work for just a day. The ones which have portraits of former Presidents and or Heads of State were not meant for intercity operations and because of how the buses were built, even operating such buses for intra-services come with huge costs because of the traffic situation in our cities. These buses were the first version in Africa and didn’t even come with spare parts and were also not in the market. As a matter of fact, it was under President Akufo-Addo’s administration that the company has received assistance including some intercity air-conditioned coaches in 2017 and 2018 which gave back life to the company”, he explained.
Source: hbtvghana.com/Akua Adomaa Dankwa