DT: Several caravan bus owners in the Kingdom say they have been facing huge losses since many of their vehicles were impounded by the authorities a few months ago.
It has been more than four months since the General Directorate of Traffic impounded tens of caravan buses belonging to Bahraini travel and tourism companies. They have remained impounded at the scrapyard for reasons apparently not mentioned by the directorate.
One of the transport tourism and travel company owners, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed they suffered huge financial losses as their buses were taken away.
“Our jobs depend greatly on transporting passengers inside and outside of Bahrain. Our work is paralysed as there has been no tourism activity for the last four months,” he said, adding, “It is difficult for us to advertise our services, especially as we do not have enough caravan buses.”
Another transportation company owner told the DT that it's been four months since they were asked to bring their caravan buses to the directorate.
“They mentioned the licence numbers of our vehicles and asked us to bring them to the directorate. However, we were not given any proof or official letter, or told about violation of any sort, for impounding the buses,” he claimed.
“We are still paying our monthly installments for the caravan buses whereas we are not getting any profit from them."
He continued: "People will get ready for Umrah and Eid Al Fitr in about a month and a half. So far, we have made no preparations for it because we do not know the fate of our caravan buses.
"We also have offices and we need to pay monthly rents and salaries for employees and drivers. Who will compensate for the losses we suffer?”
The man requested the authorities concerned to return the caravans to their corresponding owners.
"Those buses are our sole means of livelihood," he said.v