Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Sumatra approves bus fare increase

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Vicent Mnyanyika

Bus fares will increase by between 20 and 26 per cent from August 1, the Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (Sumatra) announced yesterday.

Sumatra director general Mr Israel Sekirasa said the new fares would be charged by all public service vehicles, namely upcountry buses and commuter vehicles operating in urban areas.

The announcement immediately drew criticism from a cross-section of Dar es Salaam dwellers interviewed randomly by The Citizen last evening.

They said the new fares would make their lives even tougher after the cost of living spiralled in recent months due to high prices of food and other essential items.

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