Monday, 15 March 2010

Better days ahead for commuters

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Patty Magubira, Mwanza

Commuter buses in Mwanza will now ply long routes recently launched by the Ilemela district commissioner, Lieutenant Col (rtd) Serengo Mrengo.

The DC reminded bus operators that it is mandatory to issue tickets to their passengers. He said the long routes were reviewed by the City Fathers in collaboration with the Surface and Marine Regulatory Authority (Sumatra) in 2007 to reduce congestion in the city centre.

The other aim was to discourage touts and noise pollution arising from haphazard honking by irresponsible bus drivers.

However, the commuter bus operators had refused to cover the long routes, demanding, among other conditions, the construction of bus stops. They also wanted a review of bus fares which, they said, were not compatible with the distances their buses cover.

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