HARARE, JAN 17 — The Zimbabwean government on Thursday met public transport operators to agree on a viable fare charging model.
Public transport operators have in recent days hiked fares by more than 100 percent in response to the increase in prices of fuel.
The high fares have seen many people failing to travel to work and are part of the reason why Zimbabweans embarked on a three-day nationwide stayaway from Jan. 14-16.
The deputy minister of transport Fortune Chasi told media that the meeting was aimed at hearing the concerns of the operators as well as agree on viable fares.
He said the operators indicated that while they were willing to continue operations, they were also concerned about the safety of their buses following damage to their assets by hooligans during demonstrations this week.
The transporters also raised concern on limited fuel supplies which is hindering efforts to normalize transportation of the public within the urban and long distance routes.
Chasi said the government will take into account the concerns raised by the transport operators and in the immediacy, an agreement was reached over a fare charging model which is, however, subject to regulatory approval.
“The government has, however, come up with a policy that will take into account the needs of the travelling public to facilitate continued operations in the future,” said Chasi.
The government also assured transport operators of a mechanism that will guarantee or facilitate viability of their operations in light of the need to minimize costs of production. – XINHUA