Bus and Taxi Drivers Association of Zambia has revealed that bus fares are not likely to reduce, despite the downward adjustments of fuel prices.
Association’s National Secretary, Sydney Mbewe told One Love Radio news that they have not sat down to discuss if the fares will come down in a corresponding manner to the fuel prices.
Mr. Mbewe said this is the reason he has been insisting that government through the Ministry of Transport and the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) should discuss and agree on a formula that will give a percentage rise or increase in the adjustment of pump prices of fuel.
“If the pump price of fuel goes up, the bus fares automatically go up and there is a negotiation that goes on to ensure that bus fares go up. Now when the pump prices come down, we have not sat down with anyone to ensure that the fares also come down in a corresponding manner, so it is difficult for the operators…..it’s not the bus drivers to increase fares,” he said.
The Energy regulation board (ERB) reviewed the fuel prices on Monday, and reduced the pump price of petroleum products by k 1.32 per litre for petrol and k1.22 per litre for diesel.
Meanwhile, bus driver Nathan Mathews Chikumba has revealed that reducing bus fares will be a challenge, as they are still affected.
He said the reduction in the pump price is still small, hence it hasn’t made much of a difference.
Mr. Chikumba further appealed to the members of the public to understand drivers and cooperate with the prices available.
“Every time they hike, they hike with a bigger figure of money but when they are reducing, they reduce with a smaller amount of money. We are still affected because fuel price is still higher than it was before the hike, so how are we going to reduce the fares for the bus if we are still buying at an expensive pump price of fuel?,” he expressed.