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Let fairness prevail in plan to control fares - 4 days ago, 23:06

Editorial

The proposal by the Transport ministry to regulate public service vehicle fares is bold and appropriate.

Ordinarily, ours is a free-market economy where prices are dictated by demand and supply. In that context, it is not the business of the government to control fees in the private sector.

However, dire circumstances necessitate drastic actions. PSVs, especially matatus, have the notoriety to operate outside the normative realms.

The industry is characterised by chaos, indiscipline and exploitation. It is a world of lawlessness, where anything goes.

ORDER

Fares are erratic and passengers are exploited at the slightest of chances. Vehicles are driven recklessly and perpetually put the lives of passengers at risk. Clearly, the government cannot allow a clique to control the lives of the people.

This provides the justification for amendments proposed by the ministry that seek to change the Traffic Act and the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) law to provide for ...
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