The resumption of transport came with restrictions – the 14-seater taxis are only allowed to carry seven people while 65-seater buses can only carry 30 passengers. As a result, transporters more than doubled fares.
Bus operators have more than doubled transport fares to villages. Courtesy photo.
Ugandans paid the highest to move in July compared
to the same month last year, thanks to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
restrictions on passenger numbers in cars, Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) reports.
the consumer price index for July, a measure of what Ugandans pay for different goods
and services, UBOS says transport costs increased by 47.3 per cent in July compared to
an increment of 34.2 per cent in June. This is the time that the government allowed public transport to start working
after two months of suspension aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus.
the resumption of transport came with restrictions – the 14-seater taxis are only allowed to
carry seven people while 65-seater buses can only carry 30 passengers. As
a result, transporters more than doubled fares. A simple trip where one just
spent 1,000 Shillings in Kampala, now goes for between 2,000 and 3,000 Shillings, while an upcountry bus journey which cost one 20,000 now costs in the north of
to the statistics agency, this is despite the fact that fuel prices fell in
July. The CPI indicates that liquid energy fuels, including petrol and
diesel, fell by 4.4 per cent in July, continuing a falling streak. In June, prices of
fuel fell by 5.1 per cent, UBOS says. Petrol prices, in particular, fell by 6.4 per cent.
prices drop is directly related to international prices of oil which have
dropped to just over USD 30 a barrel.
Charcoal and firewood continued to be up although their
prices increment were not as high as in previous months, UBOS shows.
In the regional centres, UBOS shows that people in
Jinja paid higher prices than other places. The prices were driven by transport
costs and prices of non-alcoholic drinks like sodas, juices and mineral water.
Kampala and Masaka follow with costs in these towns
driven by transport fares, non-alcoholic drinks and food at restaurants.
Retailers increased prices to cover lost income during the shutdown.