NGOMA - Taxi drivers plying different upcountry routes, made much profit when students went for their third term holidays last Friday.
Daniel Habimana, one of the drivers interviewed by The New Times, said this was the time to compensate for the losses they make during other days.
“Students’ holidays are among the best periods for us in the taxi industry. Students travel all over the country from one district to another…so drivers across the country have benefited,” he said.
Scores of students waited for hours at different bus stations, before getting transport, and some remained stranded.
Grace Mutunge, 47, a parent said unlike before when drivers used to exploit the situation, transport charges remained stable this time.
“The fare is displayed right in front near the driver’s seat, this has checked cheating by unscrupulous conductors,” she said.
However, on the downside, it is noteworthy that the vehicles carrying the students drove at high speed and some recklessly.
One senior three student, John Murangira, 16, who traveled in one of the buses, said drivers would over speed and slow down while approaching traffic police.