Motorbike cyclists’ crisis still going on [Archives:2005/857/Local News]

July 7 2005

SANA'A- Nearly 1000 motorbike cyclists staged a series of protests last week against a government decision preventing them from pursuing their work in the capital.

The decision is due to be put into practice by the beginning of next July under the pretext that motorbikes are one of the causes of traffic accidents and environment pollution.

A large number of cyclists held a sit-in before the Parliament claiming that such an arbitrary decision should not be applied since it may lead them to suffer insurmountable problems.

They shouted that their motorbikes are the main source of income to sustain their families and that the government bodies cannot bring them any alternative to their source of income, and therefore the application of the decision will compel them to practice robbery.

The angry protestors affirmed they are ready to submit their motorbikes to the government if it provides them with other job opportunities to sustain their families.

A few months ago, a group of motorbike cyclists met the President of the Republic who offered them taxis in installment in exchange for submitting their motorbikes, and this led cyclists to claim implementation of what the President said.