The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has revealed that there might be an increase in transport fare following the new guideline by the Federal Government on interstate travel.
NURTW acting general secretary, Kabiru Yau said this.
“We thank the federal government for lifting the ban. It is a welcome development because it is over three months that our members have been out of jobs and without income.”
“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 subsidize 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.”
However, the Chairman of the task Force, Boss Mustapha, had earlier said on Monday, June 29 that flight tickets might increase due to the new COVID-19 guidelines for flying.