Govt. to meet transport operators over possibility of reducing bus fares

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Government will soon engage public transport operators to discuss the possibility of reducing bus fares following the reduction in fuel prices in the country.

Director of Transport in the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Nelson Nyangu said public transport operators should pass on the benefits accrued from reduced fuel prices to the commuters.

Mr. Nyangu told the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Lusaka today that the meeting will be held soon among all stakeholders.

He said the ministry does not dictate bus fares but will instead engage the Zambia Bus and Taxes Workers Union, (ZABUTWU), Public Private Drivers Association of Zambia and the other concerned bodies to come up with agreed fares.

He noted that it was vital that the benefit of fuel reduction trickles down to the ordinary people who use public transport.

A bout a fortnight ago, the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) reduced fuel pump prices by K0.25 for petrol, K0.28 for diesel and 0.27 for kerosene with effect from Monday midnight.

This reduced the price of fuel and a litre of petrol was then costing K10.38 while a litre of diesel was costing K9.73 and the same quantity of fuel was K7.21 respectively.

On Sunday this week, the ERB again reduced fuel prices to K9.89 per litre of petrol from K10.38, registering a reduction of K0.49.

One litre of diesel is now K9.19 from K9.73 representing a reduction of K0.54, while the price of a litre of Kerosene has been reduced from K7.22 to K6.77 posting a reduction of K0.44.

The ERB attributed the reduction in fuel prices to the general fall in international crude oil prices in recent months.