By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon says Cabinet is disappointed that some operators in the public transportation sector have refused to reduce their fare despite a 30% drop in fuel prices.
Dr Luncheon told a press conference on Wednesday, January 28 that the impact from the fuel price reduction on the transportation sector has not been to “Cabinet’s desire nor its expectations.”
He acknowledged that while some operators have reduced their fares, others have not.
“In quite a few areas, operators and owners of public transport, they have indeed reduced fares… however in other areas, other categories of operators and owners have adamantly refused to countenance any change in their fare structure,” Dr Luncheon said.
He reminded that the very operators would demand an increase in fare when there is an increase in fuel price on the world market.
“When fuel prices go up, there is a demand for increases in fair but when fuel prices fall, it’s like pulling teeth to get fair increases to be rolled back.”
iNews had reported that citizens should not look forward to any immediate reductions in public transportation, as President of the United Minibus Union, Eon Andrews said the reduction in fares would be a reasonable move but cautioned that it was not something that should be expected immediately.
He said the Union is always open to negotiations and will endeavor to ensure the travelling public and all other stakeholders benefit from the reduction but “to say it will drop immediately is not a normal thing to do.”
Meanwhile, the Cabinet Secretary also pointed out that some privately owned gas stations have not reduced their fuel price; the same situation is occurring in the aviation sector.
He observed that only the newly commissioned Guyoil outlet at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) is offering fuel at a reduced cost to the aviation sector.