The Passenger Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ) has urged the government and responsible authorities to act on the “unjustified” fare increases imposed on the users of public transport.
Speaking to Spiked Online Media on Friday 30 November 2018, Tafadzwa George Goliati, the PAZ President said he had observed with concern that most kombis in Harare had hiked fares and called on responsible authorities to take immediate action to restore sanity in the capital
“We have observed with concern that most kombis in Harare have hiked fares. For instance, the kombis were charging up to $2 for City/Budiriro or City/ Dzivarasekwa one way route. These destinations initially were charged 75 cents or $1 before. These hikes are apparently due to the acute shortage of diesel, evidenced by the long queues at service stations. The hikes were also prompted and further exacerbated by the onset of the rains,” Goliati said.
He called upon the government to take proactive measures by ensuring that there is uninterrupted fuel supply, especially diesel which is critical to passenger service vehicles.
Goliati said the government and municipalities should become key players in the passenger transport industry, by introducing buses, which are more affordable and capable of carrying more passengers.
“Government should provide these safety nets as people who commute are already financially strained as the prices of commodities continue to soar. School children who commute have also not been spared and some end up missing out on their lessons and exams.
“Commuters are also being exposed to hijacking, robbery and even rape as they resort to private vehicles which are relatively cheaper,” Goliati said.