Bus owners won’t accept students’ half fare demand
Published : Thursday, 25 November, 2021 at 9:33 PM Count : 413
Bus owners have said they will not accept the students’ ongoing demand to take half bus fare from them.
In a meeting organized by the Ministry of Road Transport on Thursday, the bus owners said it is not possible for them to take less bus fare from students. However, the ministry has asked the owners to come to a decision on the students’ demand after discussing among themselves for a few days.
On the other hand, the government transport company BRTC has decided to reduce fare for the students while traveling. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader will announce on Friday how much concession will be given.
The students of the country have been protesting for a few days demanding half bus fare. In this context, a meeting was convened at BRTA office in Dhaka on Thursday to discuss the matter with the stakeholders.
Road Transport Secretary Nazrul Islam, representatives of Ministry of Education, Ministry of Home Affairs, Police, BRTC Chairman and officials of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) were present at the meeting.
In the meeting, bus owners said that as the government does not subsidize private buses, there is no opportunity to reduce fares.
They further said, “The number of trips has decreased due to traffic jams, besides commodity prices and prices of car parts have increased. So if we take half fare, we have to count the losses.”
BRTA has instructed the bus owners to come up with a reasonable proposal within seven days after discussing how much they can reduce public transport fare for the students.