The Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) has increased bus and kombi fares by 100 per cent effective today.
ZUPCO, in a social media post, said the move is meant to ensure reliability. The statement read:
Effective 5/10/20 Zupco will be increasing fares.
This is to ensure we keep providing Safe and Reliable transport whilst ensuring Operational efficiency to all stakeholders.
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Bus fares have been hiked from ZWL$8.00 to US$16.00, while kombi fares have been increased from ZWL$16.00 to ZWL$32.00 per trip.
Just over a month ago, the transport utility hiked bus fares by the same margin. ZUPCO chief executive Evaristo Madangwa said then:
The price of fuel has gone up and operating costs have also increased. By adjusting the fares upwards, we will be able to improve efficiency.
Meanwhile, illegal transport operators (Mushikashika) are charging the equivalent of US$0.50 or ZWL$45.00 for short trips which makes ZUPCO kombis cheaper in comparison.