Higher bus fares ‘not unfair’

Higher bus fares ‘not unfair’

THERE is nothing wrong with passengers offering higher bus fares to drivers, as long as such prices have been recorded by bus loading masters, says the president of the Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (Nabta).

Magnus Nangombe told The Namibian that during the festive season, some passengers have been offering higher payment because they are desperate to reach their destinations. He said this was not over-charging, as the passengers had offered the higher fares voluntarily.Nangombe said he was informed that some bus drivers were over-charging passengers, but about five drivers told him that customers had offered more than the asking price to secure seats on buses.”It was an advantage to the bus owners and a disadvantage to those who cannot afford better prices, as they have to wait.But Nabta cannot refuse it,”Nangombe said on Thursday.He said Nabta has given a stern warning to bus owners who over-charge customers and customers have the right to report such drivers to Nabta, so that culprits can be dealt with.”But there must be proof,” said Nangombe.The Nabta president expressed concern about an increase in unregistered taxis.”These are the people who are overloading, over-charging and speeding,”he said.Meanwhile, Nangombe announced that there would be a meeting for everybody involved in the transport industry on January 19.One of the topics of discussion would be the need for loading terminals in towns.Nangombe thanked everybody who contributed to the “Save Lives” road-safety campaign over the festive season, which he said had led to fewer road accidents this year.He said this was not over-charging, as the passengers had offered the higher fares voluntarily.Nangombe said he was informed that some bus drivers were over-charging passengers, but about five drivers told him that customers had offered more than the asking price to secure seats on buses.”It was an advantage to the bus owners and a disadvantage to those who cannot afford better prices, as they have to wait.But Nabta cannot refuse it,”Nangombe said on Thursday.He said Nabta has given a stern warning to bus owners who over-charge customers and customers have the right to report such drivers to Nabta, so that culprits can be dealt with.”But there must be proof,” said Nangombe.The Nabta president expressed concern about an increase in unregistered taxis.”These are the people who are overloading, over-charging and speeding,”he said.Meanwhile, Nangombe announced that there would be a meeting for everybody involved in the transport industry on January 19.One of the topics of discussion would be the need for loading terminals in towns.Nangombe thanked everybody who contributed to the “Save Lives” road-safety campaign over the festive season, which he said had led to fewer road accidents this year.

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