Plans to block buses if they charge less
THERE is reportedly a plan to have all buses that will not effect the imminent fare hike blocked using the Nhlangano bus terminus.
Kombi drivers servicing long routes such as Nhlangano –Mbabane and Nhlangano-Manzini are reportedly considering stopping all the buses which charge lower fares which they feel are threatening their business.
One of the drivers said it had been a long time since the ‘big’ buses effected new public transport fares.
“We know some of these buses are operated by companies and they tell us that they do what is good for them. On the other hand, we are employees and the competition we get from these buses is unfair.
“There has to be a way we can deal with all the buses which do not effect the agreed fares which reflect in the gazette. We cannot allow these people to give us unfair competition.
“Overcharging, yes it’s not allowed but to charge far too low than what is in the gazette, is also unfair to some of us,” said one of the kombi drivers servicing Nhlangano/Manzini routes.
On the other hand, Chairman of the Shiselweni Transport Association Jika Ndlangamandla said it would not be a good thing to block the buses as they were operating legally.
He said he was not aware that there was a plan to block any of the buses charging less than what kombis charge.
“If there are people planning to block buses for charging low fares, then those doing that should know that they will be dealt with by the law.
“It’s a crime to disturb someone who is doing business legally. Charging less is not a crime but overcharging it is a crime,” said Ndlangamandla.
Ndlangamandla said no one should take the law into their own hands but if there was an issue that needs to be addressed, all procedures should be followed.
“Resorting to use of violence or force is not a solution but we need to sort things out harmoniously,” said Ndlangamandla.