Taxis and buses which have not yet registered with KCCA to ferry travelers going upcountry, have been given a waiver for 3 days to transport people who have been stranded in parks since Thursday morning.
The minister for Kampala Betty Amongi says this was caused by overwhelming numbers of people that were stranded in Kampala when President Museveni announced a lock down in March this year.
When public transport opened on Thursday morning, many people rushed to go back home, only to be hit by a lack of vehicles to ferry them due to mandatory registration by KCCA and Ministry of works, plus a directive of each vehicle carrying half its capacity.
Minister Amongi also blames the curfew which has limited movement especially for buses which had been traveling 24 hours, with over 10 buses traveling to popular destinations.
“Due to curfew, they are now less than 5 buses making only one route a day instead of 2 or 3 with full capacity” she argued.
She also noted that some passengers could not travel due to high costs being charged by PSVs. The minister says people are appealing to government to regulate the price, and that the matter will be presented to Cabinet on Monday.
Minister Amongi says the three days waiver starts today until Monday 8th June 2020. Taxi operators will be issued permits from KCCA to carry passengers.
As at 3rd June 2020, over 3000 Taxis and 500 buses and their drivers/owners have been registered, including those plying different upcountry routes.