Travel fares set to be revised starting Thursday

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 13 October 2020 at 10:39

Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has confirmed that new travel regulations will be implemented on Thursday, to improve travel arrangements respecting the COVID-19 prevention measures, culminating into new fares.

A cabinet meeting that took place on Monday decided that public transport will continue with buses operating at full capacity for seated passengers and at 50 percent for standing passengers, lifting instructions that were in effect since May, when it was confirmed that public transport or private vehicles were allowed to carry only 50% of the installed passenger capacity.

At the time, travel fares increased by Rwf 31.8 per kilometer in the City of Kigali and Rwf 30.8 per kilometer in the countryside.

The Director General of RURA, Lt. Col Patrick Nyirishema told IGIHE that the new 100% passenger transport regulations will be effective on Thursday.

“It will take effect on Thursday; we first need to provide guidelines to prevent the spreading of the pandemic and set new prices. Prices will be changing, we do not expect them to return to what they were. Otherwise, these prices went up to early 2018. We had planned to change them in March but it coincided with the pandemic outbreak,” said Lt. Col Nyirishema.

“We have completed studies needed for these changes when the pandemic happened. Now with the prevention of the COVID-19 included we have to make new adjustments.”

RURA has confirmed that new travel regulations will be implemented on Thursday,