NDOLA BUS OPERATORS FIGHT RUNNING BATTLES WITH POLICE OVER REDUCED BUS FARES AS RTSA IS SET TO MEET OPERATORS THIS AFTERNOON
By Tinkerbel Mwila
Bus operators in Ndola District on the Copperbelt have fought running battles with police after they protested over the recently reduced bus fares as announced by the Road Transport and Safety Agency.
The aggrieved bus operators who have since downed tools blocked traffic at Mulungushi and Chisokone bus stations to stop any bus from leaving the stations while buses between Kitwe and Luanshya are also not loading in protest of the K7 downward adjustment on inter-mine/peri-urban routes.
Following the recent reduction of fuel pump prices by the energy regulation board which has resulted in the reduction of bus fares between K5 and K7, the bus operators are not happy with this move and are proposing a reduction of about K2.50 unlike a K5 which they say is too high.
The operators later become unruly after Transport and Logistics Minister Frank Tayali tried to address them and started throwing stones.
And those talked to by Phoenix News are demanding that authorities allow them to maintain the current fares or have the recently announced fared reduced by a minimal amount.
And Transport Minister Frank Tayali said he has noted the concerns of the bus operators which he says will be addressed.
Meanwhile, Road Transport and Safety Agency Head-Public Relations Fredrick Mubanga says the recently announced bus fares still stand but has disclosed that the agency will engage the operators this afternoon on the forward over the bus fares.