Ministry of Works and Transport Okays New Increased Taxi Fares

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The Ministry of Works and Transport welcomed the idea of increasing transport taxes and fares following the hiking of the fuel prices that’s been seen in Uganda.

Following the statement released on 22nd April, Byamukama Fred, the state minister for works and transport, said that the increment of taxi fares has been well-reviewed to ensure that they are not exploitative.

“The ministry is therefore aware of the justifiable increments in transport fares based on the prevailing cost of fuel,” Byamukama Fred the head of Ministry of Works and Transport said in a statement.

According to the reviewed proposal, taxis plying shorter routes will charge between Shs500 and Shs1000 on top of the current fares, while those plying longer distances will charge an additional fee of between Shs3000 and Shs5000.

“The public transporters have agreed to lower fares once the fuel prices stabilize,” said the ministry.

Last week, taxi operators under the umbrella of the Uganda Taxi Operators Federation resolved to increase transport fares over soaring fuel prices. Petrol and diesel pump prices now exceed Shs5,000 per liter at many petrol stations countrywide.

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