Reprieve for parents and learners as Machakos matatu operators fail to hike fares

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A photo of Machakos bus park, Machakos town Tuesday. (Photo -Hillary/Mauvoo)

Transport CS James Macharia on Sunday announced a raft of measures to protect children returning to school on Monday as many take public transportation.

The CS revealed that PSV drivers were to be tested for alcohol, not drive for long distances and that they had agreed with the operators not to increase fares as most parents were economically hurt.

Mauvoo news did a trip to Machakos Bus park and established that fares had not been hiked as students continued to return to school. We did a cross-check Monday Mid-morning and Tuesday morning at Machakos Bus park.

For instance, the fare to Nairobi from Machakos was between 250 to 300 depending on the type of vehicle, Machakos to Wote and 300 and Machakos to Kitui between 300 to 400.

The move was welcomed by some of the parents who spoke to Mauvoo News noting that they were hard-pressed but at least the fares were considerate especially taking into account there was social distancing in the Matatus.

Social distancing was observed in the Matatus and we barely spotted any carrying excess passengers despite the high numbers of travellers witnessed Monday and Tuesday in Machakos.

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