Excessive License Fee Perturbs Airport Taxi Operators

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In short
This financial year, the annual rental license fee levied by the ministry of works and transport from airport taxis increased by over 200 percent from a flat rate of 35,000 Shillings to 280,000 Shillings for four-seater vehicles. Seven-seater taxis are now charged 340,000 Shillings annually.

Taxi operators at the Entebbe International Airport are calling for a reduction of the annual rental license fees paid to the works ministry saying the rates are exorbitant.

This financial year, the annual rental license fee levied by the ministry of works and transport from airport taxi's increased by over 200 percent from a flat rate of 35,000 Shillings to 280,000 Shillings for four-seater vehicles. Seven-seater taxi's are now charged 340,000 Shillings annually.

Paul Lweza, the Chairperson of Airport Taxi Services says that besides the rental license fee, they also pay 40,000 Shillings to the Civil Aviation Authority as annual subscription. He argued that such rates are unacceptable and burdening to the operators.

Lweza appealed to government to review the taxes with a view of reducing the burden to the operators.
 
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Jacob Magala, the Vice Chairperson of the group says the huge tax increment has had a negative impact on the taxi business. He says some drivers have sold off their serial numbers and opted out of business, while other simply abandoned the trade.

Magala says as a result, they had to increase the transport charges from Entebbe airport to Kampala from about 60,000 Shillings to about 120,000 Shillings.
 
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The members of the taxi services say they have raised the issues to the concerned officials for consideration, though they are yet to receive a response.