Beware of X-mas season transportation fare hikes – Govt – Guyana Times
The Public Works Ministry has made it pellucid that no fare increase has been authorised by the Government, and the public is being warned to be wary of exploitation from public transportation service providers around this Christmas season.
On Tuesday, Public Works Minister Juan Edghill addressed the issue of fare increases by speedboat operators and other providers of public transport as he responded to Opposition Member of Parliament Juretha Fernandes, who brought to the attention of the house the practice of price gouging being engaged in by Bartica speed boat operators.
“As it relates to the issue of charging extra by speedboat operators, all speedboat services in Guyana operate and are regulated by MARAD, of which I’m the minister responsible. The speedboats put themselves into a turn system, and they are organized by their respective associations. So, if there are 40 boats and they have turns, they meet. Who has turn one, two, three, they load on a daily basis and traverse the river based on a principled approach,” he explained.
Edghill, moreover, stressed that his message goes not only for speedboat operators, but minibus operators as well. He made it pellucid that action will be taken once public transportation providers are caught hiking fares, and he said, “We rely on voluntary compliance and moral persuasion, but we are not afraid to use the fist when necessary to maintain law and order and protect citizens from being exploited.”
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