Plans to block buses if they charge less

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Starsky Mkhonta Nh­langano

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.

Pe­ti­tion

“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.

Fares

“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.

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