Transporters demand to increase fare

Kathmandu, March 18

Public transport operators have demanded the government to hike the transport fare. As the fuel price increased one fortnight after another, transports have demanded the government also to hike the fare within the third week of Chaitra.

Officials of the Federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs (FNNTE) submitted a memorandum to Physical Infrastructure and Transport Minister Basanta Kumar Nembang with the demand on Thursday.

According to the transport entrepreneurs, they would launch a strike if the demand was not made.

The transporters have been demanding that the government to hike the transport fare and allow them to charge travellers more in consideration of the increased fuel cost and other expenses, since past few months. They have been claiming that the costs of lubricants and various accessories and spare parts of the vehicles have increased significantly since the last scientific fare adjustment in 2013.