The problem of shortening routes in the city of Beira is far from being overcome. Greed for money, human behavior and concern with reaching daily revenue targets are among the causes that lead operators to follow this path. The phenomenon is old and there have already been several actions to eliminate the act that has an impact very negative on the pockets of users of semi-collective passenger transport, who, due to route shortening, end up spending triple the amount expected to reach their destinations and vice versa. Sandra Mateus is a passenger who has already been a victim of shortening of route. She was unable to recover the 30 Meticais that she had paid to the “chacha” collector and was forced to pay another 20 Meticais to pay the costs of another transport to her work station. Timóteo Alberto, one of the “chacha” drivers , in the city of Beira, assumed that he had already shortened his route and, allegedly, no longer does so. The Municipal Police, however, indicates that the shortening of routes is a behavioral problem and says that drivers and conductors are the main promoters of the act and asks for passengers’ collaboration in reporting cases of this kind. However, the collectors blame the carriers’ owners. The Beira Transporters’ Association says that unlicensed “chapas” are the promoters of indiscipline. The newspaper O País knows that the municipality, the Beira Transporters’ Association and the collectors, as well as the owners of semi-collective passenger transport, should meet soon to discuss the problem again and find a solution. The problem of route shortening also occurs in the country’s capital, where there is also a diversion of routes. At night, only those who have money to make calls take transport. Otherwise, you are “condemned” to depend on public transport, which often costs many hours of waiting. Transporters who operate the Matola-Maputo City routes shorten or divert the route.  The drivers who were supposed to leave from Patrice Lumumba, in Matola, to Museu, Maputo City, for example, end their journey on Avenida Guerra Popular, corner of Avenida 24 de Julho, several stops before the terminal. In the afternoon, until It is easy to take semi-collective passenger transport, due to low demand. However, as night falls, there is a “save whoever can or whoever has the most money to pay”. With no authority to assist them, passengers feel forced to make phone calls. To solve the problem, passengers are asking the authorities to intervene. For its part, the Municipal Police recognizes the prevalence of the problem and asks for the collaboration of citizens. Route diversion is a problem that has been going on for several years, but, until now , the authorities are unable to resolve it. Source:O País

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