Labour Councillor Pio Smith says that the current provision of public transport in Drogheda is totally inadequate to meet the needs of people wishing to get around town.
“Under Covid 19 restrictions the number of passengers allowed onto a bus is limited” he says, adding that this results in many people being left behind and unable to go about their business within the town centre.
“In particular, people from Moneymore and Ballsgrove are at times being left stranded because of the passenger restrictions” he said.
“Bus Drivers and passengers need to be protected from contracting Covid 19 and at the same time we need to be able to transport our people around town.
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“The government are all over the place in regards to issuing guidance for people and workers using public transport. They issue one set of guidelines for airlines and another for buses, however both transport people within confined spaces.
“A good start would be to make wearing face masks mandatory on public transport, except for children under the age of two and those who are medically unable to wear a mask” he said.
“Masks are simple, cheap and effective. There is ample evidence that they significantly reduce the spread of Covid 19 in public spaces with a small impact on social and economic life.
“The evidence is clear, Covid 19 is spread by droplets, masks blocks those droplets and the virus those droplets contain.
“We need to remember that asymptomatic spreaders are responsible for approximately sixty per cent of virus transmission, so wearing a mask makes sense and will allow more people to access seats on the local bus in a safe manner.”
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