Travellers to upcountry for Christmas festivities got a rude shock Monday morning when public service vehicles doubled fares to various parts of the country.
A spot check at the Nissan shuttle booking offices along Mfangano Street and River road established that fares have gone up by between 100 and 200 per cent.
On Accra road at Tea Room, travellers to Meru were paid between Ksh 1,000 and 1,500 up from Ksh 700, while those traveling to Nakuru paid Ksh 800 up from 400.
Nissan Shuttles to Kisumu were charging between Ksh 2,000 and 2,500 up from Ksh 1,000.
Outside the Great Rift booking office, hundreds of passengers waited for hours hoping that fares would drop following the recent directive by Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i.
Instead the fares increased by Ksh,800 to Bungoma and Malaba up from 1,600 early this week while travellers to Eldoret were forced to pay Ksh 1,500.
At the Eldoret Sacco Shuttle next to Easy Coach booking office, travellers to Malaba, Bungoma and Kakamega are forced to part with Shs. 2,000 instead of Ksh1,000 while those destined to Eldoret are paying 1,500 up from 800 shillings.
In a show of impunity, the operators are not ready to lower the charges.
During the reintroduction of the stringent Michuki rules on 12th November, Matiang’i had warned drivers and conductors against taking advantage of the public transport crisis to overcharge commuters, saying they would be prosecuted.