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Taxi Drivers in Jinja Want Curfew Hours Adjusted

The Association says if the curfew commencement hour remains as it has been over the last two months, many of the operators are unlikely to make ends meet in terms of daily earnings. The driver's body says the commencement of curfew times as announced by the President limits them to one route per day.
Part of the Jinja taxi park.

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Jinja Taxi Drivers and Operator's Association -JITOA has asked President Yoweri Museveni to adjust the curfew time which currently starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 6: 30 a.m.The Association suggests that the curfew commencement should be pushed to 10 p.m.

The Association says if the curfew commencement hour remains as it has been over the last two months, many of the operators are unlikely to make ends meet in terms of daily earnings. The driver's body says the commencement of curfew times as announced by the President limits them to one route per day.

Ali Mudoola, a driver from Bugiri says there are 21 taxi drivers along the Jinja-Bugiri route and all of them cannot have passengers on their return to Jinja.

Joseph Bagenda, a driver from Jinja to Mukono says that due to the hiked transport fares, taxi operators are likely to spend more than an hour loading passengers. He says with such limitation, drivers will not be able to operate within the curfew deadline.

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Cue out…noda.”//

Farouk Jomba, a driver from Kampala stage says with the heavy traffic jam along Jinja-Kampala highway, many of the drivers can not make a round trip within the curfew deadlines.

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Cue out…lwa time.”//

Sulah Kalevu fears that many of them are likely to end up in losses if they can not make a round trip given the high fuel prices. He says it's from the second trip of a journey that a driver is able to earn money for need by the owner of the car and to foot other costs.

//cue in: “ekye’curfew…

Cue out…sawa nya.”//             

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