GOVERNMENT has allowed Lusaka local bus operators to increase bus fares by K300 on all routes in the city.
Road Transport and Safety Agency acting director Martin Mbangu announced the development at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday.
This follows Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Christopher Yaluma’s consideration of the grounds presented to him by operators for making an upward adjustment of bus fares and concluded that a K300 increase is justifiable and not K600.
“We wish to inform members of the public that the consultative process over the proposed adjustment of bus fares by some Lusaka local bus operators were concluded yesterday (Wednesday) morning.
“The minister had an opportunity to examine all the grounds presented by the operators to government for the upward adjustment of fares and concluded that operators were justified to do so only up to a maximum of K300,” he said.
And the Commuters’ Rights Association of Zambia (CRAZ) has welcomed the proposed increase in bus fares by K300 by government.
CRAZ president Aaron Kamuti said the association is happy that government has opted for a K300 and not the earlier proposed K600. “We want to thank government for allowing Lusaka local bus operators to increase bus fares only by K300. The earlier proposed amount of K600 was too much because some of the commuters don’t work,” Mr Kamuti said