THERE is certainly a flaw in the method fares for public transport are calculated in Kuala Lumpur.
A bus ride from Jalan Yap Kwan Seng to the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital (KLGH) costs RM2 (valid for a two-way trip) although the distance is only two or three kilometres.
It is ridiculous for the charge to be so high for a journey so short.
It is unfair to those travelling one-way to also pay for the return journey.
I cannot understand why the new bus companies are unable to follow the rates used by the Sri Jaya and Toong Fong bus companies where passengers were charged by the distance travelled instead of a flat rate to include the return journey.
Rapid KL should do away with the flat rate charge (inclusive of a return journey) as some passengers may use other modes of transport for their return journeys.
As for taxis, it is surprising that fares differ for the same journey.
My wife took a taxi on four occasions from Jalan Yap Kwan Seng to KLGH and the fares were RM3.80 the first occasion, RM4.50 for the second, RM5 on the third occasion and the last one RM4.
The Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board should take action against these errant cabbies so that passengers are not shortchanged.
I really hope our public transport system could go back to the days when it was not only affordable but also reliable and efficient.