11 January 2014

Kenya: Passengers Resort to Taxis

Passengers in Migori town traveling to Nairobi have resorted to hiring taxis to beat the night travel ban on public transport vehicles. Several taxi drivers have opted to avoid town service and ferry passengers to the capital.

Buses have increased their fare to Sh2,000 from Sh600 following high demand of passengers heading back to Nairobi from the festive season. "I can have six passengers in the Probox paying Sh1,500 to Nairobi. I make more profit than working town service," said Evans Obai, a driver.

Taxi drivers have also opted to capitalize on the night travel ban to take passengers from outside town forced to spend nights in lodging as demand for buses have gone up. Joel Onyango, a passenger hoped to hire a taxi with after the fare increase as he sought to travel back with his wife, brother and their three teenage children.

"We chose to hire the vehicle for a day for Sh3,000 and fuel it to Nairobi which is cheaper and we can travel comfortably at night," he said. Buses companies and agents have capitalized on the high demand to increase fare as most vehicles have been fully booked until January 16th.

"I had an option to remain until then, pay high fare or hire a taxi cheaply and I'm sure to reach my destination," Onyango said.

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