Taxis are too crowded for comfort

Editor, We are over squeezed in taxis and yet the bus fare does not reduce to compensate for being packed like sacks of potatoes. I only wish this could change. Getting on board is hard enough and trouble all together. The seats do not fold and you have to keep knocking your knees on those hard metals. On top of that our taxis are in very poor hygienic conditions. This does not help the dangerous mechanical condition of the vehicles and you wonder, whether your life is safe hands.
Public transport should spell comfort, since we pay for it
Public transport should spell comfort, since we pay for it

Editor,

We are over squeezed in taxis and yet the bus fare does not reduce to compensate for being packed like sacks of potatoes. I only wish this could change.

Getting on board is hard enough and trouble all together. The seats do not fold and you have to keep knocking your knees on those hard metals.

On top of that our taxis are in very poor hygienic conditions. This does not help the dangerous mechanical condition of the vehicles and you wonder, whether your life is safe hands.

This does not help when the drivers decide to play their best music, loud, annoying and from old rusted speakers. They only consider their tastes and passengers feelings do not matter to them.

Even when you complain they don’t seem to understand what you are trying to tell them.  They seem to listen to your request for just a few minutes and then tunes back to the annoying music at full volume blast.

I have been patient enough and I don’t think this is fair. If we are not in position to own our cars it doesn’t mean we should endure this treatment as passengers!

About aeration, the drivers and conductors cannot keep the windows open; some taxis have windows that cannot open. These very people forget to clean up their bodies and smell so filthy when they throw their arms around asking for fare; deodorants are only Rwf1,500. You can neither turn nor breathe because the conditions are not favorable at all.

Please do something about this and either reduce on the number of people on board and increase the fare we are supposed to pay or get these old taxis off the road.

Jemima Kayitesi.

mima.tesi@gmail.com

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