Transport fares have been increased by 15 percent, effective Saturday, July 11, 2020.
Deputy Transport Minister, Titus Glover in an interview with Adom News said government took the decision in acknowledgment of the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on drivers.
This comes a day after the leadership of a group calling itself Concerned Drivers Union threatened to increase fares by 30 percent due to the increase in fuel prices.
The commercial drivers who have had to deal with a reduction in their incomes as a result of reduced intake due to measures put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus say they can no longer bare the hardship they’ve been compelled to go through.
Mr Glover said the various drivers unions presented a petition to the Ministry on Monday and were promised that the issue will be looked into.
It was after a meeting by the Transport Ministry and other stakeholders, Mr Glover disclosed, that it was agreed for the fare to be increased.
“We have all agreed that the indeed the drivers have helped in observing the Covid-19 protocols. It is for this reason that we have agreed to increase the fares.
“This cuts across board, taxis, trotros, long distance vehicles and cargo trucks. It takes effect from Saturday, July 11, 2020,” Mr Glover said.
He added that the drivers have agreed to continue to observe social distancing and put into practice all the Covid-19 protocols as stipulated by the president.