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UTODA Distances Self From Hiked Bus Fares


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“UTODA has little control of the fares which are charged, especially during the festive season. However, the association strongly condemns the move by drivers who have taken to cheating customers,” Katumba pointed out.

Today, Monday morning, drivers stormed car parks ready to charge passengers exorbitant fares.

Their argument was: many people are going to the villages and few are returning from the villages, so, they need to charge a lot in order to compensate for return journeys in which they drive “an empty road” as is locally understood in the drivers’ language.

However UTODA has committed itself to ensuring that customers are protected from exploitation by selfish drivers since this has become a routine for tax operators to hike tax fares every festive season.

Katumba has also cautioned drivers against over speeding, speculating more accident cases which will occur as a result of many roads in the country still undergoing construction.

In another development, UTODA is still not impressed by the time frame which was given by Kampala Capital City Authority to operate its buses.

It insists that the one year period of operation is not enough to enable their company acquire a loan from any financial institution to service their loan.

UTODA further expresses dissatisfaction on the number of buses which KKCA had allocated.


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