‘Halve carrying capacity, double the price’ – Treasury Oks ZUPCO fares hike

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  • ZUPCO fares doubled
  • Hike necessitated by COVID 19 carrying capacity restrictions
  •  Move also comes almost 2 weeks after latest fuel price hike

The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development has approved a request by the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) review bus fares upwards citing constrained revenue brought about by an order from government to reduce carrying capacities as a measure of reducing local COVID-19 transmissions.

In a letter addressed to the company, the permanent secretary for Finance and Economic development George Guvamutanga said: Treasury notes the proposed fares for both buses and omnibuses which is necessitated by the reduced carrying capacities due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting constraint on revenues which negatively impacts on operations.

As a result, treasury approved the reviewed prices which will see commuters on ZUPCO buses now paying ZW$30 up from ZW$16 for a trip within a 20 kilometre radius, while passengers on trips ranging between 21–30 km will pay ZW$45 up from ZW$24.

Meanwhile, ZUPCO commuter omnibuses will now charge ZW$60 for a 20km trip up from ZW$32 and for trips between 21-30km commuters will now be charged ZW$90 up from ZW$48.

The new fares come into effect today (18 January 2021).

On top of the COVID-19 restrictions, the price hike is also seemingly prompted by a fuel price hike that took effect on the 5th of January 2020 that saw a liter of petrol going up from ZW$97.44 to ZW$99.35 and from $1.19 to $1.21 in US dollar terms while the price for diesel per liter went up from ZW$97.24 to ZW$100.91 and from US$1.19 to US$1.23 in US dollar terms.

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