By Sifiso Dlamini | 2020-01-14
AS commuters brace themselves for Thursday’s public transport fares hike, it can be revealed that the longest single trip from Manzini to Lavumisa (127km) will cost E83.90.
The second longest single trip from Manzini to Matsamo via Madlangempisi, which is 115km, will cost commuters E76.40.
These new fares were confirmed by National road Traffic Council Chairperson Sihlangu Nhlabatsi following the issuing of the gazette by the Minister of Public Works and Transport Chief Ndlaluhlaza on Friday.
According to the gazette, as of yesterday, transport operators were at liberty to charge a maximum fee of E7.70 for a journey of a distance between one to eight kilometres.
This journey is widely described as a local fare and the current fare is E6.
Meanwhile, for any journey in excess of eight kilometres but not exceeding 50 kilometres, an additional E0.66 will be charged. For a journey exceeding 50 kilometres, an additional charge of E0.63 will be effective.
In the country’s major routes, the shortest distance is between Mbabane and Lobamba at 17 kilometres, with the maximum fare at E13.60.
Taxi fares are also expected to increase and according to the gazette, the basis for the calculation of maximum taxi fares for the conveyance of passengers, a charge for any passenger journey up to three kilometres would be E50 and for a journey in access of three kilometres an additional E8 would be charged per kilometre.
The longest distance from Manzini Bus Rank is to New Village, which is at 16 kilometres and the taxi fare is at E154.
From the Mbabane Bus Rank, the longest distance according to the gazette is from the rank to Waterford with a maximum taxi fare of E90.
Ministry of Public Works and Transport Principal Secretary Khangeziwe Mabuza advised transport operators to display the proposed fares in the various bus stations around the country so as to inform commuters.
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