Patrons of engine powered tricycles popularly known YELLOW-Yellow in the Tamale metropolis were left stranded on Friday as the commercial riders begun their strike action which they had announced two days earlier in support of some of their members.
The riders say they were protesting the arrest of their colleagues and their union chairman who were detained in police custody for their allegedly attacking some TMA taskforce officials following a refusal to pay a compulsory monthly fee of ¢10.00.
It would be recalled that Diamond News carried a news item on Wednesday where some taskforce operatives descended heavily on some women traders around the Picorna hotel when they intervened in an ensuing confusion between a rider and taskforce members.
Following the attack the leadership of the commercial riders threatened a strike action starting Friday.
Sticking to their positions, some of riders moved around the metropolis to ensuring that none of their colleagues operated.
As at midday on Friday, Diamond News observed that the situation remained the same, with only a few commercial tricycles plying the routes at the blind side of the larger protesting group of riders.
Checks by Diamond News also showed no activity at the various loading stations of yellow tricycles.
The situation did affect the movement of some workers, market women and others who rely on the commercial tricycle as a mean of transport to the commercial business district of Tamale.
Meanwhile the short absence of the yellow-yellow on the roads, created business opportunities for the taxi drivers who initially kicked against the operation of the tricycles for commercial activities in the metropolis.