Public Service Vehicles (PSV) operators at the Coast have increased fares after they were ordered to reduce the normal number of passengers they transport on daily basis.
The order from government is one of the measures the government has put in place to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country.
The current confirmed cases in the stands at 25.
Matatu Owners Association Coast regional Coordinator Salim Mbarack Salim however assured locals that the adjustments was temporarily following the government move to ensure various sectors embraces the proposed safety measures.
“In other places like Nairobi and other major towns the prices have really shot up. We do not want to hurt our clients,” he noted.
Locals traveling from Magongo and Mikindani in Changamwe and Bamburi to Likoni or Docks will pay sh. 110 up from the normal 80 shillings.
Mbarack however says stage to state fares will remain sh. 30.
Those travelling from Tudor to Likoni or Docks will pay sh. 50 from the normal sh. 30.
“We are fully behind the government in its measure to contain Coronavirus in the country, however if the government reduces fuel prices we will immediately reduce fares too,” added Mr. Mbarack.
Meanwhile, Mbarack has ordered for an arrest of Matatu operators who will flout the government’s orders and carry more than 8 passengers in their matatu’s.
He called for individual responsibility in taming Coronavirus.