Tuktuk operators hike fares

Tuk Tuk operators in Ukunda, Kwale County have hiked fares citing increase in fuel prices.

This comes a week after other Public Service Vehicles (PSV) operators announced their intention to hike fares on all routes for the same reason.

Chairman of the Ukunda Tuk Tuk Owners Sacco Mr Chimera Mwamunga said the high cost of fuel has forced them to review the fares upwards.

We have no choice but to increase fares to recoup the high fuel expenses if our businesses are to remain afloat, Mr. Mwamunga said.

He added they have been operating at a loss following the fuel price hike.

Our businesses have declined as a result of fuel prices hence the fare adjustments on all routes in Ukunda and its environs, he said,

The fares have gone up by between Sh20 and S0 with commuters on the Ukunda-Neptune route paying Sh50 instead of Sh30.

A litre of petrol is currently selling at S03 and diesel Sh91in the area.

Residents condemned the move accusing transporters of ripping off commuters under the guise of high cost of fuel.

They never reduce fares when fuel prices drop but they are quick to hike fares whenever they go up, a resident, Mr. Suleiman Omar, said.

However, they urged the government to address the issue of frequent increase in fuel prices to reduce the cost of public transport.

The fuel prices should be strictly regulated so that commuters can enjoy cheaper transport services, Mr Shaban Jirani, a commuter, said.

Source: Kenya News Agency