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Fare increase to be announced on Monday, Rural Taxi Association wants 30 per cent added
2013-08-17 08:13:41 | (0 Comments)
Taxi operators are eagerly awaiting an announcement by the transport minister, Omar Davies, regarding the new fares they will be allowed to charge commuters.
The Jamaica Association of Hackney Carriages and the Rural Taxi Association of Jamaica say they are waiting to see the level of increase granted.
However, head of the RTAJ, Sophia Campbell says members of her association are not prepared to accept anything below the 30 per cent increase requested.
She says the 30 per cent increase would only allow them to break even, given increases in fuel and other costs.
Commuters will know on Monday how much more they will have to pay for bus and taxi fares.
The ministry says details of the fare increases will be outlined by Dr Davies at a press conference scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Monday.
The adjustment in bus and taxi fares comes amid preparations for the upcoming school year.
Associations representing taxi and bus operators have said they want a 40 per cent upward adjustment in fares.
The State-run Jamaica Urban Transit Company has not disclosed the level of increase it has sought from the government.
Public passenger bus and taxi fares were last increased in 2008 when commuters were asked to pay between 25 and 30 per cent more to travel in buses and taxis.
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