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Travellers Stranded in Fort Portal As Taxis Hike Fares

At Nyakaseke Taxi Park, transport from Fort Portal to Kasese has increased from 10,000 Shillings to 20,000 Shillings, Fort Portal to Rwimi from 5,000 Shillings to 10,000 Shillings while Fort Portal- Kibiito is 6,000 from 3,000 Shillings.
Taxi tout instructs passengers to wash their hands at Nyakaseke park Fort portal

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Several travellers were left stranded in Fort Portal after transporters doubled the fares following the resumption of public transport.

Buses and taxis resumed operations today, 42 days after President Yoweri Museveni suspended public transport to contain the spread of COVID-19.

On Friday while reopening public transport, Museveni said that the buses and taxis should carry half of their capacity to ensure physical distancing and also ensure that each traveller has a face mask.

At Nyakaseke Taxi Park, transport from Fort Portal to Kasese has increased from 10,000 Shillings to 20,000 Shillings, Fort Portal to Rwimi from 5,000 Shillings to 10,000 Shillings while Fort Portal- Kibiito is 6,000 from 3,000 Shillings.  

Transport from Fort Portal Bundibugyo has increased to 15,000 Shillings from 10,000, while Fort Portal to Rwebisengo is 20,000 Shillings from 10000.

The Bundibugyo Park Chairperson Edward Magezi says that the increment will enable the bus operators to compensate for the empty seats as they comply with the COVID-19 preventive measures.

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At the taxi park, there was also heightened enforcement of the Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs. Handwashing facilities were erected at the entrance while each traveller accessing the park was required to wear a mask.

Steven Agaba, a traveller from Fort Portal to Kasese was irked by the changes in transport costs.

He accused the taxi operators of being unfair to travellers. According to Agaba, there is no genuine reason for the increase. He wants government to intervene and regulate transport fare across the country.

However at the usually busy Link Bus Park, there were few travellers despite the Bus Company not increasing the fares.

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