The fate of the mechanical inspection remains unknown. Its departments close from time to time due to the pandemic, while the citizen is mired in the economic crisis, and is already fed up with it. In this regard, the Land Transport Union, working jointly with the General Labor Union, announced a strike. As a result, the mechanical inspection centers were closed in various Lebanese regions, in accordance with the provisions of the law and the regulations in force. Dozens of trucks, tanks, vans, buses and cars were lined up at the entrances and roads surrounding the centers, claiming the referral of their file to the state’s concerned persons, in order to examine it in conformity with laws, to preserve the rights of its workers and include them in the owners of the Ministry of Interior.
The Head of the Land Transport Federations and Unions in Lebanon, Bassam Talis, told Sawt Beirut International’s reporter, Ghida Jbeily, that he had submitted three proposals: “The first is to implement the decision of the Council of Ministers that came upon the minutes of handover between the operating company and the Traffic Management Authority under the mandate of the Minister of Interior at that time, Marwan Charbel. Such a proposal requires a decision to be issued by the Minister of Interior in order to implement the Cabinet’s decision. The second proposal is for the Minister of Interior to issue a decision for citizens to pay the fees directly without inspection, provided that an item is included that stipulates allocating part of the sums paid directly to salaries and allowances for mechanical inspection employees. As for the third proposal, the government is required, if deemed convenient, to extend the operating company, because we are not facing any problem with them.
The protesters confirmed that they do not have any problem with the operating company and that they will not give up the mechanical inspection: “We can not afford mechanic and inspection fees,” a protester affirmed. “The mechanical inspection fees administration and funds shall be under the State’s governance, and the employees shall be confirmed as permanent staff,” another protester affirmed.
The three proposals have become in the custody of the Caretaker Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, waiting for his response by next Wednesday. The protesters stressed that they will remain in the street and will not accept procrastination unless any official decision is issued by an official and responsible party until the employees are confirmed in order for them to resume their work and ensure their rights stipulated by the Law.