President of the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS), Egeton Newman, is blasting rogue transport operators who continue to overcharge passengers.
“It is unfortunate; it is sad and it puts a dent on the sector’s leadership when the Minister of Transport [Audley Shaw] has to be urging operators to stop overcharging passengers,” said Newman in a statement.
Newman expressed that he previously thought that talk of transport operators charging more than the fare stipulated by the Transport Authority was not true.
“I was of the view that this was not so or, if it was so, it would be a few persons [doing it] or a misunderstanding regarding the calculation of the fare. But…several are engaged in this illegal practice,” Newman stated.
“TODSS is again calling on operators to stop this illegal practice as you are hurting the trade.”
The veteran administrator noted that last August, public transport operators were granted a 15 per cent fare increase.
“Though small, we must respect the law and wait on the sector to make a new application for another increase,” he said.
“We condemn any illegal hike in taxi and bus fares and call on the police and the Transport Authority to take the necessary steps to bring such rogue practice to an end.
“TODSS does not, and will not condone such practice,” Newman declared.
Shaw was named the new Minister of Transport in January and in February signalled that another fare increase was imminent in light of the high costs, in particular for fuel, being faced by operators of public passenger vehicles.
“We did have a 15 per cent adjustment, and I want to say that…in the not too distant future, there will be another adjustment that will be made because we are aware of the difficulties that are being faced,” Shaw said at a function in February.