Taxi motor is a mode of transport preferred by many in Rwandans, mostly due its low cost fee and fast maneuvers along streets jammed with vehicles.
The number of Karongi Taxi Motor cyclists has increased as their transport business grew but consequently now complaints of the business not paying as anticipated have rose.
Emmanuel Tuyizere a Tax Motorcyclist in Karongi says that “at first we used to earn enough money from this transport but currently we are not earning enough to pay off our bosses. Usually an owner of a motor cycle pays about Rwf70, 000 monthly but currently one finishes a month with savings of less than Rwf60, 000.”
Some of the cyclists attribute the cause for low turnover of the business to increased number of motors and a reduced number of customers but the reason could be the fact that the motor cycle owners demand more returns.
Callixte another cyclist from Karongi pleads for the government support in advocacy to the financial institutions to allocate loans to cyclists so that they can ride their own motor cycles.
Currently a number of Karongi youth are found working hard to pass the drive tests exams hoping that with the cycling permit they can earn a living out of it.