The number of private vehicles transporting people in exchange for payment is growing in Maputo. Private cars charge, for example, from Baixa to Albazine, an amount that varies from 30 to 40 Mts for each passenger. In some cases, some residents told “Carta” that they already have contracts with this type of transport company, to take them from home to work and vice versa. Some charge daily and others at the end of the month. Meanwhile, taking into account the growing wave of “paid rides”, the authorities launched, last week, an awareness campaign aimed at formalizing this type of activity. The Mozambique Information Agency (AIM) reports that a multidisciplinary team, made up of the municipal, traffic and protection police and the Maputo City Prosecutor’s Office, took to the streets and questioned motorists at certain points, persuading them to formalize the act. It is recalled that, in June last year, the Municipal Police of the city of Maputo towed several vehicles that were doing “paid ride” business, in Praça dos Combatentes, known as Xiquelene. The seized cars were particularly used to transport students from Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) and some workers who use Avenida Julius Nyerere to get to work. At the time, some transporters explained to “Carta” that they submitted several requests to the Maputo Municipal Council to license this type of transport, but never received any response. (M.A) Source: Carta de Moçambique

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