Govt hikes public transportation fares after relenting to transport entrepreneurs’ pressure

The government has hiked the fares of public transportation including buses, trucks, and taxis citing recent spike in prices of petroleum products effective from Tuesday.

A meeting between government representatives and transport entrepreneurs at the Department of Transport Management (DoTM) on Monday had decided to increase the public transport fares by 4.5 percent to 8 percent.

According to the Department of Transport Management (DoTM), the government has raised the public transportation fare by 4.54 percent and meter taxi by 8.19 percent while 5.26 percent and 5.29 percent has been raised in trucks and tankers operating in Terai and Hilly routes, respectively.

This is the second time in four months that the government has increased the transportation fares citing the hike in the price of the petroleum products.

Following the revision of public transportation fares, one should pay minimum of Rs. 14 for the shortest travel in public transportation.

The transportation entrepreneurs had putting pressure on the government to raise the public transportation fares by at least 5 percent since late February this year citing hike in the fuel prices. nepalnews.com

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