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Fare hikes as mobile court is set up

26 September 2013, 11:47 Purity Mwangi

Nyeri - Passengers plying the Karatina - Nyeri route were left stranded Wednesday morning after PSV drivers abandoned their vehicles for fear of being arrested and charged by the new mobile court that was set up at Marua junction between Nyeri and Karatina.

This immediately led to fare hike from the normal KES 70 to KES 200 by the few vehicles that were available. The drivers said that the cause of the hike was to cater for the petrol consumed on the long route they had to use to avoid mobile court whose fines are too high to bear.

The crackdown that started a few weeks ago has seen passengers pay double fare in order to use the alternative route.

Earlier, the drivers had complained about the high fines they are being charged for minor offences saying it is draining their pocket yet the cost of living is so high.

The passengers hope that the exercise ends soon so they can continue with their normal routine.

The most affected ones are traders who get their fresh market supplies from Karatina market for sale in Nyeri town.

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