Contrary to what happened in the recent years, no disruptions were reported relating to passengers protests aimed against the new tariff implemented for the current financial term. Recently vandalising of busses in protest against the new tariff has become the norm.
The 4.5% increase was to be implemented on 1 July, after approval from the Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport. The 4.5% hike average represents 88c to R1,13c for multi-journey tickets, and 50c to R2 for single trips.
Mokgothu said the sharp increase in the fuel price (diesel) by 43% during the first six months this year, was the major influencer.
Mokgothu pointed out that passengers were able to save 3% of the usual 6% increase for six months between July 2020 and Jan 2021 because of no increases.
“To help our valued commuters, we implemented no increase from July 2020 to January 2021,” he said.