Mini-bus Passengers Refusing to Pay Fare Increase
The imposition of a fare increase by some mini-bus operators has not been finding favour with a few passengers who have since refused to pay the extra $20- saying it’s a burden on their pockets.
Operators plying the South Ruimveldt and Parika routes today said that they are particularly concerned that they are being put up with some opposition from the commuters. Some of the operators even told this newscast, that there were instances where the passengers called in the police, demanding that they get back their twenty dollar change.
They feel that this problem is as a result of calls made by the Government for passengers not to pay the increased fares.
However the union representing the operators-the united Mini bus Union said it is sticking to its member’s decision for an increase in the fares. President of the Union Eon Andrews reiterated that neither the Minister of Commerce nor the government has the right to sanction whether there should be a fare increase.
The Union has argued that the $20 fare increase is not only linked to rising fuel prices but to more than 100 percent increase in spare parts since 2008.
A check at the pumps today revealed that at the state-run GuyOil, the price for gasoline is $980 per gallon while at several privately-owned service stations; the price is $1,035 and more per gallon.