Bus operators on the Kitwe-Lusaka route have increased bus fares between eight and ten kwacha following the recent fuel increment announced by the Energy Regulations Board.
According to the PF controlled ZNBC news, Euro-Africa Bus Services and Power Tools Logistics have increased their bus fares by ten Kwacha while Mazhandu Family Bus Services has increased by eight kwacha.
These increments are however beyond the five kwacha recommended by the Bus and Taxi Owners Association of Zambia as contained in their latest fare chart issued on July 15th in Kitwe.
And some passengers travelling to Lusaka have complained that the ten kwacha increment is too much for them to bear.
But Road Transport and Safety Agency Senior Manager for Public Relations Mercy Mwila says the increments are illegal.
Mwila said that stakeholders in the transport sector have not finished discussing the matter and it’s unfair for transporters to effect a unilateral increment.
And Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Northern Region Chief Investigator Patrick Chengo has called on all stakeholders in the transport sector to consider the plight of the passengers.
On Monday Transport and Communications Minister Yamfwa Mukanga also maintained that any increase in bus fares will be illegal.
The PF did not consult ‘stake holders’ before increasing fuel prices and the announcement was as usual with effect from midnight on the same day it was announced.