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Public transport fares are set to rise, though it remains to be seen when and by how much. The government, Maputo and Matola municipalities and the Mozambican Federation of Road Transport Workers (FEMATRO) agree that a fare increase is needed to correct management errors that have been committed in recent years.
The parties, who met yesterday morning, agreed on new tariffs, but did not elaborate on the matter, settling for signing a memorandum amongst themselves before submitting the proposal to the Council of Ministers for consideration later this week.
The package has been negotiated over several weeks, with the parties seeking a formula to make the business of passenger transport sustainable without overloading the user.
Castigo Nhamane, president of FEMATRO, says that transitional measures adopted in the past have not resolved problems definitively, causing operators to leave the sector and affecting the quality of the service provided to the public.
At present the tariff for passenger transport in the cities of Maputo and Matola is set at seven meticais per 10 kilometres and nine meticais for distances of more than 10 kilometres.
“The new fares will minimise costs for the carrier, as a number of other measures are expected to take effect simultaneously and sequentially,” added Nhamane, contacted by Noticias yesterday.
The lack of transport, especially in Maputo and Matola, has been growing in recent times, with open ‘My Love’ trucks the main alternative.
The crisis caused President Nyusi to give instructions for reversing the situation on his recent visit to the Ministry of Transport and Communications. He proposed to the Mozambican Railways and MPDC, the Maputo Port management company, that they include support for the urban passenger transport sector in their planned social responsibility actions.Source: Notícias