Following the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 decision and advice to President Muhammadu Buhari on inter-state travels lifting on Monday which is to commence on Wednesday been July 1, the National Union of Road Transport Workers says it will increase fare.
After thanking and commending the Buhari led Federal Government haven lifted the ban on inter-state travels yesterday, the Acting General Secretary of the union, Kabiru Yau, on Tuesday June 30 has called on the government to subsidize operation cost for motorists.
He said the guidelines outlined by the government for the resumption of operations amid the coronavirus pandemic require operators to carry fewer passengers on each trip, thereby reducing their income.
Commenting further, Kabiru said, “At least, our people will now start working and get something to feed their families.
“But at the same time, due to the spacing in the vehicles which will require the drivers to carry only nine or ten instead of the usual 18 passengers, the income of the drivers will be reduced.
“So we want the government to help subsidise the cost of those passengers that we will not be carrying or we will have to increase our transport fares.
“This is because the money that will be generated from the reduced number of passengers will barely cover the cost of fuel for the journey.”
“So, what is the gain? What will you give to the owner of the vehicle? So, the government should please help us look into this matter.”