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Honduran transport workers stop work in protest of sanctions

Public transport drivers in northern Honduras started a strike today in protest of the sanctions to the sector that the Traffic Police apply and which they consider unfair.

Tegucigalpa, July 24 (EFE) .- Public transport drivers in northern Honduras started a strike today in protest of the sanctions against the sector that the Traffic Police enforce and that They considered it unfair.

The transporters started the strike at 0800 local time (1400 GMT), without making it clear how long they will keep it, which has altered the Traffic in San Pedro Sula and the department of Cortes in the north of the country, industry leaders said.

A leader of urban transport in San Pedro Sula, who for reasons of Security did not reveal their identity, told reporters that the strike is a way to protest because the traffic agents are canceling the licenses, that affects us because there are only three "I think the Transit Police should step back and review the penalties it applies when drivers commit misdemeanors. Because if they are canceled the license leaves them without options to feed their families, "he stressed.

The protest has caused a bottleneck in traffic in the north Of the country and has forced many people using public transport to walk to get to their work.

The head of the National Road and Transport Directorate, Leonel Sauceda, Assured reporters that the recidivism of a serious violation establishes that the offender is exposed to the temporary or final suspension of the driver's license and an economic penalty

Emphasized that public transport drivers "have historically been accustomed to riding with excess passengers, speed, not respecting the stops (stations) of descent and ascent Of passengers (...), risking and exposing the lives of passengers and we as an authority can not be indifferent. "He also said that agents will continue to comply with the established In the Traffic Law in a "respectful" way to guarantee its compliance and the life of the public transport pajeros.

Among the infractions that the Transit Law considers very Serious are driving without a license, no license plates, exceeding the established speed limit, fleeing without justified cause after participating in an accident, being drunk and not attending Police warnings, among others.

In Honduras, if a driver commits a serious violation, a fine of up to 130 dollars is imposed; Of about 200 dollars and the suspension for six months of the driving license.

If you repeat for the third time in the same year the fine will always be almost 200 dollars and will be canceled Definitely the driver's license, according to the Law.

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