Hundreds of travellers were stranded for about three hours at Tanzania's Ubungu bus terminal after bus owners went on strike Tuesday (October 8th), Tanzania's The Citizen reported.
The bus owners threatened to continue the strike if the government fails to reinstate the 5% allowable weight tolerance for overloaded trucks and passenger vehicles.
"We told our drivers not to travel upcountry until we discuss the matter with the government," said Seveline Ngallo, deputy secretary of the Tanzania Bus Owners' Association (TABOA).
National traffic commander Mohammed Mpinga said drivers in Kilimanjaro and Arusha regions had also joined the strike. He said the strike was illegal and bus owners did not follow proper procedures.
TABOA representatives met with Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda and Minister of Works John Magafuli on Monday, who said the government would not change its position.