The Matatu Owners Association (MOA) has confirmed that it has advised its members to increase fares for long-distance travel.
The association stated on Thursday, June 16, that it had barred Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) operating within the Nairobi Metropolitan Area from raising rates.
According to a city official, off-peak discounts have been eliminated, and most PSVs will charge the same amount throughout the day.
The association also expressed dissatisfaction with increasing fuel prices, claiming that the business was struggling to stay afloat. It was also mentioned that the fierce competition between SACCOs has made things difficult for PSV owners.
“We haven’t increased fares within Nairobi although the fuel prices are choking us. But long-distance buses will have to increase fares because the price of fuel has skyrocketed,” the official stated.
Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) announced new retail prices at Ksh159.12 for a litre of super petrol, Ksh140.00 for a litre of diesel and Ksh127.94 for a litre of kerosene in Nairobi. Fuel prices in the rest of the country were also increased by Ksh9 per litre.