Nigerians especially those who undertake inter and intra city and state travel are in for hard time as Roads Transport Association has announced an increase in fares with effect from next Monday.
The Transporters under the aegis of Association of Private Transport Company Owners of Nigeria (APTCON) made the announcement in a statement signed by Henrietta Onwuegbuzie.
The group said 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.
APTCON said: “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.”
It would be recalled that luxury bus owners (Association Luxurious Buses owners of Nigeria, LUBAN) had earlier announced an increase in bus fares by 35 per cent for all their routes since June 10.
APTCON said 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.
According to the group;“These identified increments, to name but a few, have taken a significant toll on the revenue of private transport company owners across the country. Likewise, many of our members have expressed their inability to pay salaries much less run profitably, while some others have had to shut down operations completely.”