Kampala Taxi operators have said transport fares will have to rise once they resume operations, following the Presidents directive requiring them to carry half the capacity.
Mr Mustafa Mayambala, the chairperson of Uganda Transporters Development Agency (UTRADA), yesterday said carrying only the half capacity of the vehicles will automatically cause an increase in the transport fares to prevent them from incurring losses.
“We have already talked to the owners of the vehicles and warned them to expect less money from what they have been getting from their drivers daily,” Mr Mayambala said.
He added: “This is because when we increase the fares, we do not expect to get all the required passengers because many may decide to walk.”
Mr Yasin Ssematimba of Kampala Operational Taxi Stages Association said transport fares will be increased with consideration of the current situation since a number of people have not been working.
“We shall get difficulties but we shall get used [to it]. Initially, from Kampala to Mpigi, for instance, we used to charge Shs3,000 per head. However, when carrying half the number of passengers, we shall be forced to increase the fares slightly, may be by about Shs1,000,” he said.