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BRTA recommends reducing bus fares by 3 paisa per km

  • Bus owners objected
  • Recommendation made due to reduced diesel price
Update : 01 Apr 2024, 03:31 PM

The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has recommended that bus owners reduce the fare by 3 paisa per kilometer due to the decrease in diesel prices. 

However, bus owners objected to the request and claimed they have sold most of the tickets already.

Additionally, they said that even though diesel prices have decreased, other expenses for buses have increased. 

They demand that after Eid, the new fare should be adjusted, considering not only the price of oil but also other expenses.

The bus owners made the demand at a meeting held in the conference room of the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority building on Monday.

BRTA Chairman Nur Mohammad presided over the meeting.

According to the proposal, the fare for intercity buses will be reduced to Tk 2.12 per kilometer from Tk 2.15 per kilometer.

Similarly, the fare for city buses will be adjusted to Tk 2.42 per kilometer from Tk 2.45 per kilometer.

Speaking at the meeting, Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association President Mashiur Rahman Ranga stated that determining the bus fare solely based on the price of fuel would not suffice. 

“Various components of buses have incurred additional expenses. Furthermore, prolonged traffic jams on the roads result in vehicles idling for extended periods, which increases fuel consumption. All these factors need to be taken into account when determining the fare,” he said.

However, Advocate Humayun Kabir, general secretary of the Consumers Association of Bangladesh, said: "Our demand is to reduce the fare by 5 paisa cause 3 paisa won't have much of an impact.”

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