Road transport passengers will from this morning pay higher fares to various destinations across the country following the decision of inter-state bus operators to make the adjustment in response to the rising costs of keeping the vehicles on the road.
The transporters under the aegis of Association of Private Transport Company Owners of Nigeria (APTCON) made the announcement in a recent notice to its members.
The group said that it was constrained to mark up transport fares by 40 per cent because of the prevailing harsh operating business environment which has seen cost of operations rise by more than 80 per cent.
The association’s secretariat noted that it was compelled to implement the increase as the local economy was showing no signs of stability while international transactions were becoming increasingly difficult to close.
“As we are all aware, the global economy is currently facing a downturn that has greatly affected most countries in the world. As an industry, we are not exempt from the crisis as in recent months, our operating costs have risen significantly”, the group stated.
It would be recalled that luxury bus owners (Association Luxurious Buses owners of Nigeria (ALBON) had earlier announced an increase in bus fares by 35 per cent for all their routes effective June 10, 2016.
APTCON lamented that the biggest challenges facing its members were the price of fuelling, cost of spare parts for vehicle maintenance, unit cost of buses, diesel costs for powering terminals, Value Added Taxes (VAT) as well as increase in bank interest rates.
“These identified increments, to name but a few, have taken a significant toll on the revenue of private transport company owners across Nigeria”, the statement noted.
The group also noted that many of its members have expressed their inability to pay salaries much less run profitably, while some others have had to shut down operations completely. The Sun