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Ferry tariffs revised upward

06 May 2013, 14:02 Rodgers Buluma

The Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) has reviewed its transportation fees for motor vehicles.

The price reviews have come just a few days after the foundation stone was laid in a bid to expand the docking area of the ferries at the mainland side and the weigh bridge at the island side.

The new charges have had a negative impact on the heavy commercial vehicle owners who have been forced to transfer the costs to their customers.

Initially, a loaded bicycle was charged KES 30 but the cost has doubled to KES 60 effective from May 1, 2013 while a truck ferrying an abnormal load will now be paying KES 15 000 up from KES 14 080.

Private car owners will also have to pay double the price they were paying before.

It is not clear why the prices were reviewed upwards though there are speculations that this is a strategy aimed at enabling the county government of Mombasa pay the massive debts left behind by the municipal council of Mombasa.

Last week, Mombasa County governor Ali Hassan Joho said that the county has outstanding debt of KES 13 billion.

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