Thursday March 20 2014

Minister stops city taxi fees



The Minister for Kampala, Mr Frank Tumwebaze has stopped the collection of a daily levy of Shs2,000 from taxi drivers which officials claim is for security.

The money is reportedly charged by Taxi Park Stages and Management Committees (Tapscom), a 10-member committee KCCA entrusted with the duty of mediating KCCA with the drivers.
Last year, KCCA put a monthly fee of Shs120,000, abolishing all other forms of taxi levies.

“KCCA assured us that by putting a consolidated monthly fees, there will be no more charges, how come members of Tapscom, torture drivers when they refuse to pay the parking and security fees?,” said Mr Mustapha Mayambala, a taxi driver, said.

Taxi drivers were meeting the Kampala minister yesterday to express their displeasure with KCCA officials, whom the drivers accused of harassment while collecting dues.

The minister also heard that KCCA officers were collecting illegal charges from taxi drivers which were never receipted.
“I want the KCCA legal team to investigate officers in Room 310 at City Hall. There can’t be smoke without fire. These people [taxi drivers] have complained much about the express penalties that are not receipted. I want to have a report on that matter as soon as possible,” Mr Tumwebaze directed.

He also ordered KCCA to formulate regulations to guide the operations of taxis in Kampala and institute remunerations for the Tapscom members to bar them from fending for themselves.

Tapscom vice chairperson Stephen Kidde denied allegations of torturing and levying illegal fees from the drivers.