Tough Week For Motorists As Fuel Prices Shoots,New Payments System Delays & Budget Hits Worst

Boda boda operators during a past demonstration. PHOTO| COURTESY

This week has been among the toughest for motorists as the government sets new policies forcing commuters to dig deeper into their pockets.

On Thursday, the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority announced an increase in fuel across the country.

Mr Pavel Oimeke, the director-general of Epra, links the steep rise in the cost of petrol, diesel and kerosene to cost of crude oil in the international market.

Petrol prices in Nairobi will now retail at Ksh 115.10 and diesel at Ksh 104.76 while Kerosene will be Ksh 104.28 per litre.

Since January, the cost of petrol has risen by Sh11.94, diesel by Sh8.31 and kerosene by Sh7.63.

Additionally, Nairobi motorists on Friday had a tough day as they were forced to choose between paying parking fees to attendants, which is illegal and having their vehicles clamped.

Nairobi cars

This was because the new e-payments system introduced by the Mike Sonko administration failed to facilitate payments for the fifth day running.

On Wednesday, Nairobi introduced the Internal Revenue Management System (IRMS) that requires drivers to make payments using USSD code *235#.

Unlike the previous system, the money is pulled directly from M-Pesa and motorists have to pay a Sh23 fee for every transaction.

The system failed on Wednesday when Mr Sonko attempted a demo transaction on camera.

On Thursday, Boda Boda and tuk-tuk transport sector was among the hardest hit in the highlights of the 2019/2020 budget.

CS Henry Rotich announced that the boda-boda and tuk-tuk owners will have to purchase an insurance cover for their customers.

He explained the move is set to curb the accidents that have been witnessed on the roads involving these means of transport.

Nairobi Boda boda operators . PHOTO| COURTESY
 If the National Assembly adopts the directive, riders will most likely push the costs of the insurance covers to the customers.
Castigating the move on Thursday, Gatundu MP Moses Kuria claimed the move was unfair.

“Today its okay to say that you are taxing someone or you are putting a burden on someone as much as you want to. But there is something called ‘can’t pay, won’t pay’. Among our 1 million boda-boda riders, I think only 200,000 or 300,000 have the third party insurance and the rest cannot afford,” Moses Kuria stated.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *