Barring any change in plan, the Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA) will next year, before the end of the present administration, introduce fixed taxi fares in the FCT.
While fielding questions from journalists on Wednesday during its end of year press briefing, the Secretary, FCT Transport Secretariat, Jonathan Achara Ivoke, said the essence of the fixing the taxi meter is to ensure a unified affordable taxi fare.
With this, he said, neither taxi operators nor commuters will be shortchanged.
On the parameters to be used to fix the fares, Ivoke explained: “What we are doing is just what is done in other cities all over the world.
“Now the study is ongoing. What they look at in those cities is kilometer, consumption of gas, etc. We will now sit down with the transporters and the people and discuss this. This is the way to fix taxi meters so that even the taxi owners will not be shortchanged. It is going to be fixed, affordable and standardized.”
He said appreciable progress is being made on all the six corridors or Lots of the Abuja Light Rail, adding, Public Private Partnership option is being explored to execute the project.
According to him, by the end of the year 2015, rail transport will commence in the FCT.
Ivoke said the administration has commissioned six pedestrian bridges constructed in collaboration with the ministry of works.
He added: “Pedestrain safety is very important that is why in 2013 FCT awarded two more of the bridges and we are going ahead to install another two, one in Nyanya near the park and the other behind Wuse market to reduce the traffic jam and for safety.”
He said from next year the secretariat will be focusing on lane discipline to enforce proper usage of the lanes by punishing lane indiscipline.
The secretary regretted that four of the solar panels of 10 new traffic lights installed in the city have been vandalised saying, “the places where we have revamped traffic lights are constantly being vandalised.”
While describing the usage of Kabu Kabu in the city as illegal, he pointed out that the process of registering as a licensed operator is very easy but they have not done so because they want to hide under cover to operate.
He said the secretariat was collaborating with other security agencies to address the issue of tearing of the barriers placed by the roadside to make people use the pedestrain bridges.