Trans-border buses hike fares

HARARE - Cross-border transporters have hiked their fares saying this was in response to the huge number of roadblocks where they pay off police officers for easy passage.

Despite the hike, most of the buses are already fully booked.

Greyhound, one of the leading cross border transporters, hiked its fares from R580 to R780.

And despite the hike, the bus is fully booked until January 5.  

Travellers blasted the festive season hike.  Obert Moyo, who is works in South Africa, complained that it had now become the norm for trans-border operators to hike fares during the festive season.

“We faced difficulties coming for the holidays because they were charging these high fares now that we are going back we are facing the same problem,” he said.

“Right now I have no choice except paying the amount that they require because I have to be at work by Monday January 6.”

Paul Makiwa, Zimbabwe Passengers Association’s secretary-general, said operators should desist from overcharging.

“He urged police to arrest those who increase fares illegally.

“Ernest Gororo a local transporter, said they had no choice but hike fares.

“During the festive season there are excess roadblocks at most they charge $20 which is a lot of money we are left with no choice except increasing the bus fare so that we remain with profit,” he said. 

According to Zimbabwe Immigration statistics, 37 055 people entered the country through the border post since December 21.

As a decongestion strategy, the Department of Immigration on the Zimbabwean side created additional counters where travellers were utilizing the cubicles situated outside the immigration hall.

The Immigration department on the Zimbabwean side also suspended leave and off-days for their staff to help speed up the clearance of travellers during the festive period.

On average, the border handles about 8 000 travellers daily, with the figures increasing to 20 000 during peak periods such as the festive season.

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