Govt to buy 200 buses to curb overcrowding in peak hours
The government of Rwanda has announced its intervention to facilitate the private sector in addressing public transport gaps in Kigali.
Government said it plans to buy 200 cars in total that will be added in operations to remove the concerns of passengers who have been grappling with the shortage of buses, thus affecting their daily activities.
Passenger have always lamented that the overcrowding in bus parks and bus stop inefficiently lead them to getting at job late.
In response, over 100 buses have put in place while others are expected to arrive in the coming months.
The Secretary of State in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, in charge of public finance, Richard Tusabe explained that it doesn’t mean that the government will take over public transport businesses, yet it wants to put its hand in supporting the private sector after finding that the current demand in vehicles need an absolute intervention of the. Meanwhile, Government will remain to its basic duties of regulating and authorizing.
He said, “Findings indicated that Kigali need over 300 buses to bridge the gap in buses. We plans that the 200 buses will have arrived in the city before the February 2024. We will continue to drive improvement in Public transport in the country.”
Tusabe also revealed the government has paid tax for any importer who wants to buy buses to be added in the country. He adds that the new buses arrive on a discount because they order them in large amount from the manufacturer.
He said, “Instead of 40 vendors each going to buy five or ten buses, we negotiated and got a cheaper price.”
Minister of Infrastructure Jimmy Gasore reminds that Rwanda is planning to establish a Dedicated Bus Lane( DBLs) also expected to improve transportation in Kigali.
Empowering private sector
In the new guidelines issue by Ministry of Infrastructure on Tuesday, November 28, Now investors are encouraged to invest in buying buses to support in eliminating the scarcity, while only companies and cooperatives were only authorized to operate before.
“Any businessman willing to invest in transport can apply and be allowed to operate after meeting requirements”. Reads the statement.
It notes that only buses with atleast 29 seats will be authorized and those with 70 seats will importantly be allocated to bigger roads in the city.
The new guidelines also commands that commuters will have operate using cashless systems in payment such as the known as “Tap and Go”.
THE RWANDA SUN