men are missing in the Aburrá Valley

What used to be a dream for dozens of children who hung from the doors as assistants to the driver To one day be able to sit behind the wheel, now it has become a job that young people and adults despise, even those who have dedicated years of their lives to that work.

The Colombian made known the current situation of the union of transporters that move between Medellín and the municipalities of Valle de Aburrá. Although there are still thousands of people who use public transport on a dailythis sector has been greatly affected because there are no longer drivers available to work.

According to the Antioquian media, the Association of Transporters of Valle de Aburrá, Asotransvaa, points out that there is a deficit of 20%. This figure corresponds to about 600 vacancies to work as drivers in that area, which is why there have been buses parked for a few weeks.

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According to El Colombiano, There are two reasons why Antioquians from that area no longer work as drivers. intermunicipal between Medellin and the Aburrá Valley.

The first explanation they give is that during the pandemic there was a decrease in travel and, therefore, in work. With that scenario, drivers looked for other jobs and many of them went elsewhere to be able to search the ‘papita’ that is now very expensive.

“Many went to work as dump trucks in the 4G road projects or were located in other companies and better stayed there,” said the manager of one of the bus companies, whose identity was not revealed.

Taking advantage of their knowledge of the city and new technologies, some bus drivers also migrated to the private transport digital platforms that recently rose in price, said Iván Darío Restrepo, president of Cotransa and manager of the Santra company.

The second reason of great importance is that there is a discouragement in men due to the traffic that affects all drivers in Medellín and the Valle de Aburrá. “What has most led them to give up this trade are traffic jams, because routes that used to take 60 minutes now take between two and two and a half hours.Restrepo added.

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To do this, from the Antioquia Transport Corporation they point out that buses have been losing competitiveness compared to other means of transport and that is why They ask for segregated, preferential and contraflow lanes to be designed.

A factor that affects all Medellín residents is insecurityas this has also made some men decide not to work as bus driversWell, despite measures such as security cameras and many more, thieves now attack this means of transport and they are exposing their lives.

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