$20 Increase Likely On All Bus Fares-Union
The skyrocketing prices for spare parts and the increase in fuel prices are sufficient reasons for an increase in mini-bus fares according to President of the United Mini Bus Union Eon Andrews.
Andrews said following a meeting on Sunday, it was decided among the operators plying the various routes that they would go ahead with increasing their fares by $20 – without sanction from the Government.
Mini-bus operators plying the East Coast route have already called on passengers to pay the increased fares, following a three day strike action last week. According to the United Mini bus Association the new structure may even see passengers being asked to pay before entering the bus.
But while the union is fully supportive of the operators move, Andrews said the union is also empathizing with the commuters who would face the brunt of the fare increases.
However he was quick to point out that this would put the operators –who are currently running at a loss under the old fare structure to make a descent profit and at the same time offset their many expenses. And if this move is to prompt the administration to bring in its own buses, then Andrews said the operators are prepared to put other measures in place.
In some instances, it has been well over three years that the fares charged on the various routes have not been increased. The Government has since urged passengers not to pay any increased fare as the reasons for that increase are unjustifiable.