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Ethiopia restricts driving private cars,schedule for driving introduced

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Abdissa Yadeta, Director in the Ministry of Transport. Photo : ENA

April 17, 2020

Over the past four weeks or so, Ethiopia took several measures as part of precaution against human to human transmission of Coronavirus. It has even gone to the extent of declaring a state of emergency

Part of the reason for the state of emergency was to give authorities the power to take measures that they deem useful to prevent the spread of the virus. 

On Friday, government introduced measures to restrict driving. The way it is going about it is by organizing a schedule for private car owners, as reported by state media Ethiopian News Agency (ENA). 

It is the Ministry of Transportation that introduced the new regulation and will be enforced across the country. 

Those whose license plate ends with even numbers are allowed to drive on the first day after the introduction of the regulation.  Drivers with a license plate that end with odd numbers are not allowed to drive on that day. They can only drive the next day after the even numbers. And then it will rotate until the ministry calls off the regulation. 

Those drivers who need to drive without the designated day due to the work-related activity will be issued with special permission from the ministry, said Abdissa Yadeta, who is Director of the Federal Transport Authority, as reported by ENA. 

Concerning public transportation, trans-region or city buses are regulated to operate with only 50 percent of their carrying capacity. But they will be charging 50 % more than the regular rate. Operation hours for the service start at 6 a.m. local time and end at 9 p.m. 

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  1. So far authorities there seem to be doing the right things, ahead of the curve so to say. They should be commended for that. It seems our over qualified daughter/sister of ours Dr. Liya is plugging away with what best she has in her hands to fight the scourge. What can I say about the unique gift/skills inherent in our women? I hope sooner if not later they will run the government from top all the way to the bottom. Hey you! You, you know who you are!! One word out of you!!! One word!!!

  2. This restriction is done because Ethiopia lost money to capital flight , no foreign exchange dollar money is available to buy fuel benzin from the Arabs with all the capital flight going on . The rich Ethiopians are traveling with their money walking through boarders chartering private helicopters to Europe and some making it to USA through Mexico.

    No money to fix the roads .

    This restriction of private cars driving was done during dergs time also , during certain years noone drove private vehicle on Sundays to save fuel , Got nothing to do with CoronaVirus spread since now more people will take public transportations by this restriction on private vehicles actually defeating social distancing efforts spreading the CoronaVirus more .

    If anything company business owned vehicles with closed companies should not be driven since the companies are not in operations to ease the traffic congestion .
    The government needs to find out which company is in operation and which company is closed and give them permits to drive passes stickers accordingly.

    • Hanan, what you say makes a lot of sense. People will be using more public transportation, which defeats the purpose. Is there a particular reason for the capital flight, and when did it start?

  3. If you are interested in saving lives, you will do what is convenient; if you are committed, you will do whatever it takes.

  4. Hanan, what you say makes a lot of sense. People will be using more public transportation, which defeats the purpose. Is there a particular reason for the capital flight, and when did it start?

  5. Sel

    Noone really can say definitely about their reasons except each individuals themselves , we can only speculate in regards to what is their exact reason.

    One speculation is that many of the rich fear that Covid-19 is drying up foreign aids which in turn will dry their ability to take out loans from the governmental banks which inturn will get their businesses go bankrupt which in turn will force them to spend their every last penny paying to the governmental banks who they owe with interests.

    Another reason is that the fact there are shortages of hospitals , doctors , medications in Ethiopia ,with only few hundreds of Covid-19 Ventilators available in all of Ethiopia.

    Also currently many fear this coming summer time will be the peak for Ethiopia CoronaVirus pandemic since Covid -19 incubates in wet weather in an alarming rate , so the rich must be trying to be out of there before the summer rainy season arrives in Ethiopia, to weather it out.

    • Hanan,

      Are you seeing changes in the economy at the ground level, i.e., in the day to day lives of the people and market place?

  6. Sel

    Please observe the Addis Ababa Easter Fasika market “social distancing” picture by clicking the following link .

    በቃል ሲነገረው ያልሰማ ህዝብ በመከራ ሊማር ወስኗል
    April 19, 2020 – ስዩም ተሾመ —

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    እሺ እባካችሁ…. የትላንቱ ገበያ እንዴት ነበረ? ዛሬስ አውዳመቱ እንዴት እያለፈ ነው? መልካም… ልክ የዛሬ ሁለት ወር (February 19/2020) በሰሜን ኢጣሊያ ሎምፓርዲ ግዛት Bergamo ከተማ የተመሠረተው የአትላንታ ክለብ ከስፔኑ ቫሌንሺያ ጋር ለአውሮፓ ሻምፒዮንስ ሊግ ጨዋታ ነበራቸው። ከብዙ አመታት ጥበቃ በኋላ በአውሮፓ ሻምፒዮንስ ሊግ የመጫወት ዕድል ያገኘው የአትላንታ ክለብ ደጋፊዎች ደስታቸው የተለየ ነበር። በቤርጋሞ ከተማ የሚገኘው ስታዲየም በቂ ባለመሆኑ በሚላኑ ሳንሴሮ ስታዲየም እንዲካሄድ ተወሰነ። ይህን ጨዋታ ለመመልከት የቤርጋሞ ከተማ ነዋሪዎች ነቅለው ሚላን ከተማ ገቡ። ከተወሰኑ ቀናት በኋላ በጨዋታው ከታደሙት 44ሺህ ተመልካቾች ውስጥ 40ሺህ የሚሆኑት ተመልካቾች በኮሮና ቫይረስ ተይዘዋል። ጨዋታውን የኢጣልያኑ አትላንታ ቫሌንሺያ 4 – 1 አሸነፈ። የአትላንታ ደጋፊዎች በደስታ ጮቤ ረገጡ፣ በደስታ ጨፈሩ፣ አንገት ለአንገት ተቃቅፈው የክለባቸውን መዝሙር ዘመሩ።
    የአትላንታ እና ከቫሌንሺያ ጨዋታ በሚካሄድበት ዕለት (February 19/2020) ኢጣሊያን ውስጥ በኮሮና ቫይረስ የተያዙ ሰዎች ብዛት ሦስት ብቻ እንደነበር Wall Street Journal ዘገባ ያስረዳል። ከ20 ቀን በኋላ (March 10/2020) የቤርጋሞ ከተማ ነዋሪዎች እንደ ቅጠል ይረግፉ ጀመር። ከተጠቀሰው እግር ኳስ ጨዋታ ቀጥሎ ባሉት ጥቂት ቀናት ውስጥ በሚላን ከተማ አቅራቢያ ወደ 100 ሺህ የሚጠጋ ህዝብ የሚገኝበት ቬስትቫል ነበር። በሳንሴሮ ስታድየም በተካሄደው ጨዋታ ላይ እንደ እንኩቤተር የተፈለፈለው የኮሮና ቫይረስ በዚህ ቬስትቫል ላይ በከፍተኛ ፍጥነት ተስፋፋ። ከዚያ በኋላ የተጠቀሱት ቦታዎች በሚገኙበት በሰሜናዊ ኢጣሊያ የሚገኘው የሎምፓርዲ ግዛት ስንት ሺህ የኢጣልያ ዜጎች በገፍ እንደረገፉ ሁላችንም የአይን እማኞች ስለሆን ብዙም መናገር አያስፈልግም። በተመሣሣይ በኮሮና ቫይረስ ከፍተኛ ህዝብ ያለቀባት የአሜሪካ ኒዎርክ ግዛት/ከተማ ናት። እዚህም ቢሆን እስከ March 12/2020 ድረስ በኒውዮርክ ከተማ የሚገኘው Madison Square Garden እስከ 100 ሺህ የሚደርሱ ተመልካቾች በተገኙበት የስፖርት ጨዋታዎችን ሲመለከቱ ነበር።
    በኢጣሊያንና አሜሪካ ኒውዮርክ የደረሰው እልቂት እያየንና እየሰማን እኛም በትላንቱ የፋሲካ ገበያ ላይ ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ በትክክል ተደግሟል። ታዲያ… ትዕይንቱን ብቻ ሳይሆን እልቂትና መከራውን፣ በኮሮና የተያዙና የሞቱ ሰዎችን መቁጠሩን ልክ እንደ ሚላን እና ኒውዮርክ በአዲስ አበባም ይደገማል። “የሰው ልጅ “ሃ” ብሎ በሳር “ዋ” ብሎ ባሳር ይማራል” እንደሚባለው በቃል ሲነገረው ያልሰማ ህዝብ በመከራ ሊማር?

    ብጹዕ ቅዱሰ አቡነ ማቲያስ የትንሳኤ በዓልን በማስመልከት ቃለ ቡራኬ ሰጥተዋል
    ምዕመናን የቅዱስ ሲኖዶሱን ውሳኔ አክብረው በየቤታቸው በመሆን እንዲጸልዩ ቤተ ክርስቲያኗ አሳሰበች፡፡ ምእመናን በቤታችው ሆነው በመጸለይ የኮሮና ወረርሽኝን እንዲከላከሉ ቅዱስ ሲኖዱሱ ያሳለፈውን ውሳኔ በመተገበር የትናሳኤ በዓል መከበር እንዳለበት የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋሕዶ ቤተክርስቲያን ፓትሪያሪክ::


  7. The measures taken has nothing with Corona virus. Even though it might on one hand defeat distancing, it is really force measures to schedule private cars due to scarcity of fuels. It is known that Ethiopia has totally discontinued importing fuel from Sudan and now making a new dealing with Djibouti. Until the deal is resolved and the country substitute the import, scheduling is better than making long traffic queue on limited fuel.

  8. ከአንድ ሚሊዮን የማይበልጥ መኪና ላላት ኢትዮጵያ የግል መኪኖችን ሙሉና ጎደሎ ብሎ በየተራ እንዲንቀሳቀሱ መወሰን የቫይረሱን ስርጭት ከመጨመር ውጭ የሚያመጣው ለውጥ ያለ አይመስለኝም፡፡ ምክንያቱም ዜጎች መኪና በማይዙበት ጊዜ ትራንስፖርት ለመጠቀም ይገደዳሉና ነው፡፡ ይህ ደግሞ ሰልፍን በመጨመር የህዝቡን የትራንስፖርት ችግር ያባብሰዋል፡፡ይህም የቫይረሱን ስርጭት ይጨምር እንደሆነ እንጅ ስለማይቀንሰው መንግስት ቢያስብበትና ሁሉም የግል መኪኖች እንደወትሮው እንዲንቀሳቀሱ ቢፈቀዱ የተሻለ ይመስለኛል፡፡

    የአዲስ አበባ ችግር የመኪና መብዛት ሳይሆን የትራፊክ ማኔጅመንት ችግር ነው፡፡ ስለዚህ ትራፊክ ማኔጅመንቱ ላይ ብናተኩርና ለወደፊትም ተጨማሪ መንገዶችንና በተለይ የባቡር ማቆሚያዎች ላይ ድልድዮችን(ኦቨርፓሶችን)መስራታችንን ብንቀጥል የትራፊክ መጨናነቅ ችግሩን የሚቀንስ ይመስለኛል፡፡ (ከመነሻው የቀደመው አስተዳደር መሬት በሊዝ እየቸበቸበ መሪ ፕላኑ ከሚፈቅደው ውጭ ህንጻዎች መንገዶች የሚገነቡበት ቦታ ላይ በመሰራታቸው የተከሰተው ችግር ያለፈና ምናልባትም ወደፊት አቅም ሲኖረን የሚስተካከል ሆኖ ማለት ነው፡፡) – ሀላፈነት እንደሚሰማው ዜጋ የሰጠሁት አስተያየት ነው፡፡


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