Up go bus fares


BUS fares in Lusaka have gone up by 25 percent with immediate effect, representing an average increment of about K1.50 on all routes. And Road Transport and Safety Agency public relations manager Fred Mubanga said it was an agreed position by all stakeholders that bus fares should be increased in view of the recent of fuel pump prices hike. Some Lusaka-based operators have announced that following the stakeholders indaba to increase bus fares, they have agreed on a 25 percent price hike translating into an average of about K1.50 increment. Capital Transport, commonly known as Flash Buses, proprietor Ishmael Kankhara confirmed the stakeholders meeting which held a general consensus to increase fares effective Thursday 20th October, 2016. He said for his fleet of buses, the new fares would only be effected on Monday 24th October to allow passengers adjust to the new fare charts as agreed upon at the meeting.  Mr Kankhara said the new price increment was arrived at during a stakeholders meeting held at the RTSA boardroom, where it was agreed that 25 percent increment was more reasonable to help sustain their businesses in the face of increased fuel pump prices. Petrol went up by approximately 28 percent from K9.87 per litre to K13.70 while diesel went up from K8.59 to K11.40 and kerosene K612 to K8.03 respectively