Bus operators in Lusaka have hiked fares on all routes effective tomorrow. Bus and Taxi Owners Association of Zambia acting spokesperson Justine Chabala yesterday stated that the hike followed the recent adjustment in the fuel pump price and the increase in road tax, fitness and ownership costs by the Road Transport and Safety Agency.
“We wish to advise the public that the fares have been increased on all Lusaka routes, ranging between K1.50 to K2 depending on the distance, with effect from Monday 20th July 2015,” he stated. “In fact, we have gone back to the previous fares before reduction was done in January 2015.” And Chabala appealed to the government to consider reversing the road tax, fitness and ownership costs to lessen the stress the transport sector was facing. “We can’t have fuel price increase, road taxes and even worse presumption tax increase [by] 100 per cent, the same period! [The] transport sector cannot be [the] only one to cover up [the] budget deficit,” stated Chabala. –