Truck drivers protest increase of county levy from Ksh 850 to Ksh 3300

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Hundreds stranded along Nairobi-Nakuru highway as police conduct crackdown

Truck drivers who operate within Machakos County have Monday protested over increased cess they say is unmanageable.

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The protesters barricaded the busy Nairobi Mombasa road for hours causing a snarl up that have lasted for three hours.

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The county government has increased cess paid by the trucks ferrying sand from sh 520 to 1500per for a 6tonne lorry per trip

10 tonne lorry levies increased from sh850 to 3000 and a trailer to pay sh3200 from sh 1800.

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Carrying placards, the protesters accused county of hiking the levies without carrying due diligence saying it will kick them out of business.

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Police officers drawn from Athi River were forced to use teargas to disperse the protesters restoring free flow of vehicles.

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The increased levies announced by the county take effect from Monday night.

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