The government of Sudan has set new fuel quotas for both private cars and commercial vehicles. This has attracted a lot of criticism from car owners and commercial drivers who have raised concerns about the risen cost of public transportation.
The state Department of Transport in Sudan distributes fuel, diesel, and petrol to the public. Private cars are usually entitled to six gallons of fuel while the commercial vehicles are entitled to eight gallons. Public commercial car operators have come out to protest the risen cost of transport saying that this will make them earn less than previous days. They have sighted that the set quota of fuel will restrict their movements of commercial activities, therefore, reducing their income.
A section of car owners and commercial operators have also raised concerns as to why the fuel quotas have been set despite the relatively easing fuel crisis in Sudan.
Members of the public have also come out to condemn the new fuel quotas saying that transportation costs have increased. In West Kordofan, people are crying foul of the increased charge of bus tickets in the region. “The Drivers Union” has gone ahead to raise prices for bus tickets for the inter-city lines. This is after receiving approval from the state parliament of West Kordofan.
A bus ticket from Babanusa to El Mujlad is currently going at SDG 70 ($2.50) from SGD 50. Meanwhile, a bus ticket from Babanusa to El Fula costs SDG 170 from SDG 100.