8% rise in Golden Ar­row fares

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - WARDA MEYER

GOLDEN Ar­row Bus Ser­vices is set to in­crease its pas­sen­ger fares by 8 per­cent from De­cem­ber 26.

The com­pany said the ad­just­ment came in the wake of spi­ralling fuel costs and only af­ter all other op­tions had been ex­plored.

The com­pany’s spokes­woman Bronwen Dyke said since the last in­crease in De­cem­ber last year, the com­pany had ab­sorbed the in­creases in the price of diesel, but was not able to con­tinue do­ing this. Dyke said diesel, which af­ter per­son­nel costs is the com­pany’s big­gest ex­pense, had in­creased by 38 per­cent over the year.

Per­son­nel costs in­creased by 9 per­cent.

“The in­crease is on av­er­age 8 per­cent, while pen­sioner’s fares will in­crease by 3.2 per­cent,” Dyki said.

Pas­sen­gers us­ing 10ride clip­cards, which are valid for 14 days, can post­pone pay­ing the in­creased fares un­til Jan­uary 8 by pur­chas­ing their clip cards on Christ­mas Day. Those us­ing monthly clip cards, valid for 37 days will be able to avoid the in­crease un­til Jan­uary 31 by also pur­chas­ing clip cards on Christ­mas Day.

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