Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Rwanda : Kigali City Takes Tough Measures On Motor Transporters

Kigali city takes tough measures on motor transporters
Starting from Monday 10, September 2012, motor-taxi transporters in Kigali City Council (KCC) will have  to carry passengers wearing full head gear, otherwise face a fine of Rwf10.000 for not abiding with the directives.
The announcement was made by the KCC City Mayor Fidel Ndayisaba, while presiding over an event in which Tigo Rwanda Ltd donated rain jackets to over 1000 motor-taxi operators at Nyamirabo stadium, this September 7.
Ndayisaba said that the new measures of reprimanding motor taxi operators to use the hygiene pack, was taken in a bid to improve the hygiene and professionalism in the motor-taxi transport sector authorities.
He noted that anyone one found defaulting this regulation will be fined with Rwf10.000 and would not be in position to charge the client any amount of money at the point of arrest.
Some motor taxi operates said the announcement possess a burden to their activities despite the fact they have to abide by the regulations.
One, Jean Paul Gasana, said that “This is a problem. Using the head gear is a problem because most clients do not want to use it. The whole program of using the gear, has since been forgotten and it may be problematic to convince the clients”.
There have been some speculations that Kigali city is pushing for some private suppliers to have a tender of supplying the hygiene head gears, however Ndayisaba refuted the claims, saying that the gear can be purchased at any point of choice and there is no regulation on the suppliers.
At the same event, Tigo Rwanda Ltd, donated rain proof jackets to motor-taxi operators as part of its corporate social responsibility to boost the activities of the motorbike transporters during this coming rainy season, and also look decent in their profession of transport.


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