Municipal bus fares increase

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Windhoek – The City of Windhoek on Tuesday announced municipal bus fare increases of 7 and 8%, respectively, effective from 9 July this year.

The smart card fare per trip has increased from R6 to R6.50, whereas the cash fare per trip increased to R7.50 from R7.

A commuter on Tuesday told Nampa they were not happy with the new fees as they were already increased by R1 last year.

City of Windhoek External Communications Officer, Lydia Amutenya on Wednesday confirmed the 2017 fare increase, but said this was below the market rate.

“The bus fare was increased by R1, however, this is still below market rate. Hence, the council decided to adjust minimally annually in order to meet cost recovery objectives in this regard,” she said.

The announcement published in the New Era newspaper further alerts passengers to obtain tickets from bus drivers when they enter the bus in exchange for payment.

“Passengers not in possession of a receipt will be regarded as illegal passengers and will be required by the bus inspector or City Police officer to make a payment or depart the bus,” the announcement read. 

In cases where drivers refuse to provide the commuter with a ticket, he/she should report to the inspector or City Police officer at the nearest checkpoint. - Nampa

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