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Published: Saturday June 15, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday June 15, 2013 MYT 11:02:55 AM

Government urged not to allow increase in price of bus tickets before Raya

JOHOR BARU: The Johor Bumiputera Consumer Association has urged the Transport Ministry not to give in to demands by bus companies which want ticket prices to be raised by 30%.

Association secretary Hisham Harun slammed bus operators for refusing to sell advance tickets for the Hari Raya period between July and August until they get the nod from the Government to increase their fares.

“Express bus tickets are quite expensive and people may rely on other public transportations such as trains to balik kampung for the festive period.

“The people will eventually shy away from express buses and use trains instead,” he said when asked on the move by the Pan Malaysian Bus Operators Association (PMBOA).

He pointed out that things were getting more expensive for people and this is especially so for those in the lower and middle income group.

“The Government should only make the decision whether to agree or not on the demands made by the bus companies after Hari Raya.

“It is quite unfair for the people if the Government decides to raise the fares before the festive season starts,” he said.

Hisham added that the Govern­ment, especially the Transport Ministry and the Public Land Transport Commission, should include consumer rights group during its discussions with PMBOA as it would allow the Government to listen to the feedback and views from both the operators and the consumers before making any decisions over the matter.

In Penang, the Consumers Asso-ciation of Penang president S.M. Mohamed Idris slammed express bus operators for seeking a fare increase.

He said bus maintenance and repairs do not cost that much to warrant a 30% increase.

Tags / Keywords: Family Community, Nation, News, Johor, bus companies, fares, SPAD, Hari Raya

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