Minibus fares increased after consultations with stakeholders
-- says PS Singh
Guyana Chronicle
June 9, 2004

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GINA - Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Joseph Singh noted Monday that the recently sanctioned fare increases for minibuses has nothing to do with fluctuation in current world price for fuel. The increase was based on increases due since 1999.

Mr. Singh said that after consultations with stakeholders minibus associations, owners/operators and the representatives from the travelling public - it was agreed that the fares be adjusted.

He noted that an historical analysis on fare increase was done, as well as other surveys, to determine the level of increase.

The Ministry has been running full-page advertisements in the print media informing the public about the new increases which range from 20 to about 50 percent. In some areas, the fare has not been changed.

Additionally, the Ministry is reiterating that primary and secondary schoolchildren, pregnant women and senior citizens be granted discretionary concessions for fare payment.