Microbus drivers strike for second day against fines

Dozens of microbus drivers are on strike for a second day Wednesday, as they push for the cancellation of what they called the arbitrary fines imposed on them by police.

They allege police officers are fabricating tickets to collect fines for traffic violations the drivers say they did not commit. 

Drivers blocked the Salah Salem Road and the Ahmed Helmy Tunnel in Cairo with their vehicles, forcing passengers to abandon other microbuses that were still operating but could not get past the blockade.

Dozens more protested at the Darrasah Traffic Department to demand that existing fines levied against them be waived.

Khaled al-Gamasy, who heads the Independent Microbus Drivers Syndicate, said a delegation representing the drivers had met with Cairo Governorate Secretary General Adel Taha Tuesday, when he promised to submit their demands to the governor.

The drivers started their strike Tuesday at several stations in Cairo to demand police protection from the harsh treatment they say they are subjected to by toll collectors. They also want medical insurance and a pension increase from their syndicate.  

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