The public sector operators warn that transport costs are set to increase following the hike in fuel prices.
Fuel prices have risen for the first time since November last year, with the price of petrol rising to Sh.134.72 from Sh. 129.72 the month before.
The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) has increased the price of diesel by Sh5 to Sh115.60, while the price of kerosene has remained unchanged at Sh103.54.
The transport sector is set to be affected gravely by this issue. The increase in the price of petrol will force the public sector to increase the prices that they charge when carrying passengers.
Passengers will be forced to dig deep into their pockets in order to get to their destinations.Kenyans, who are already choked by the increased food prices, now have to deal with the soaring fuel prices which lead to higher transport costs and a further rise to the food bills amid the crisis in Eastern Europe.
Shuttles and other public means of transport operators have been rushing to petrol stations to acquire the last bits of cheap petrol and diesel before things completely change. With the increase in the price of fuel many passengers might be forced to cut down on their travels or walk if possible.
By Faith Chandianya