Night travel ban stifles growth of small businesses
20 January 2014, 11:36
Nairobi - Business owners around bus termini are counting losses following the recent night travel ban.
The business operators are claiming that the ban, effected a few days to Christmas as a measure to curb road carnage over the holidays, has left them without business as they are now counting losses of up to 80 percent.
Most lodgings are recording low bookings and taxi operators are also being forced to close business early and hence making lower profits.
The ban has also affected business owners who run businesses in various cities. Initially, they would travel at night, do business in the other city during the day and then travel back to their station at night in order to save on time and costs, which is no longer the case.
In addition, businesses that operate only at night will have to be closed hence leaving the owners jobless. Others who have been affected by the ban include retail shop owners and miraa vendors.
It is upon this backdrop, Capital News reports, that the business operators are calling upon the government to consider lifting the ban.
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