NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 14 – Tough times lie ahead for fuel consumers after as the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) effected the additional road maintenance levy rates of Sh6 per litre in the latest fuel prices review.
The new rates that will be effected at midnight on Thursday, have seen super petrol go up by Sh6.67, diesel Sh9.53 while kerosene went up by Sh3.41.
In Nairobi, super petrol will retail at Sh92.93 per litre, diesel at Sh83.24 per litre while kerosene increases to Sh61.45 per litre.
“The changes in this month’s prices are a consequence of the average landed cost of imported super petrol increasing by 3.03 percent in May 2016, diesel increased by 11.15 percent and kerosene increased by 2.53 percent,” ERC Director General Joseph Ng’ang’a said in a statement.
In Mombasa, a litre of super petrol will retail at Sh89.53, diesel at Sh79.86 and kerosene at Sh58.61 while in Nakuru a litre of super petrol will retail at Sh93.69 while that of diesel will retail at Sh84.19 and kerosene will retail at Sh62.33.
In Eldoret a litre of super petrol will retail at Sh94.88, diesel at Sh85.37 and kerosene at Sh63.41, while in Kisumu a litre of super petrol will retail at Sh94.94 while that of diesel will retail at Sh85.43. Kerosene will retail at Sh63.40.
The government plans to raise Sh60 billion annually from the levy, up from Sh40 billion to maintain the existing roads.
In February, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia stopped plans by the Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) to introduce user fees on four major highways.
KeNHA had erected billboards, notifying motorists of the intention to introduce user fees for road maintenance.
Among the highways that were to be affected include Nairobi-Nakuru, Nairobi-Mombasa, Thika Superhighway and Nairobi’s Southern by-pass.