Kampala Capital City Authority-(KCCA) suspends charges imposed in taxi parks for one month.
Kampala Capital City Authority-(KCCA) has suspended all fees charged by various Taxi Associations for one month.
According to the Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs minister Betty Amongi, effective Thursday there will be no withdrawal of the collected fees held on accounts of the various Taxi Associations until the sector is regularized.
Minister Amongi said that the directive has been taken following many concerns and complaints that have been raised during the implementation period of many private taxi parks owners who are charging tremendously higher fees.
The charges include stage fees amounting between Ugx 800,000 to 2,000,000 shillings, entry fees ranging between Ugx1,000 to 4,500 shillings, hoarding fees ranging from Ugx1,000 to 3,000 shillings, loading fees ranging from Ugx 5.000 to 20,000 shillings, and welfare fees ranging from Ugx 20.000 to 50.000 shillings as well as fees paid to stage leaders ranging from Ugx 5.000 to 50.000 shillings depending on the stage.
Amongi explained that they held proper consultations and investigations as KCCA into the raised complaints and they found it necessary to suspend collection of these fees indefinitely.
“Effective 9th/7/2020, all the above charges being charged by various Taxi Associations have been suspended for one MONTH; during this one month. There will be no withdrawal of the collected welfare fees held on the accounts of the various Taxi Associations until the sector is regularized,” minister Amongi said.
Earlier, KCCA signed a memorandum of understanding with the Private Taxi Parks not to charge parking fees exceeding UGX 3,500 per vehicle per day.
“Under the agreement according to Minister Amongi, it was agreed that failure to comply with the fees determined as per the MOU shall lead to KCCA revoking the MOU and degazetting such parks as several landowners in the city have expressed interest in offering such services at the rate KCCA has set,” Amongi said.
She added; “KCCA signed an MOU with Private Taxi Parks not to charge parking fees exceeding UGX 3,500 per vehicle per day. We have however received a series of complaints from various individuals in the taxi business indicating that some private parks are charging higher amounts than those agreed upon in the MOU —this is unacceptable.”
The Minister who was first to defend the decision taken by KCCA advised all taxi drivers being forced to pay the above fees to report the victims to the authorities concerned.
“All Taxi drivers being forced to pay the above fees are encouraged to report the cases of extra charges to KCCA Park Administrators or via the KCCA Toll Free line 0800 99 0000 or to the nearest Police Station.”
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Affairs together with the Ministry of Works and Transport, Ministry of Security and that of the Local Government commenced the process of regularizing the public transport sector in Kampala and the Greater Metropolitan Area.
As of today, over 15,000 commuter taxis have been registered with KCCA and 14,000 with the Ministry of Works and Transport to-date and assigned route charts for the routes on which they will be plying.