Persons urged to report double fares being charged by Georgetown/Vreed-en-Hoop speedboats

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File photo: The speedboat landing at Stabroek, Georgetown.

A number of passengers traversing the Georgetown- Vreed-en-Hoop Stellings, have complained of the double fare being imposed on them on Sundays and holidays.

INews received complaints that boat operators usually demand an increase of an additional $100 when they transport half the amount of passengers on this route. However, persons also complained of cases where they were forced to pay the extra $100 when the boat is full.

Many persons are unaware that the additional fee is unlawful.

Michael Tennant, Harbour Master of the Maritime Administration Department, when broached, told this media group that he is aware of the situation, while noting that the increase is unlawful and should be reported by passengers.

He added that passengers should take note of the name of the boat and time of the incident so that it can be investigated.

One of the many persons who complained to this publication said “We have no other choice sometimes especially when they (boat operators) know that the bridge is closed they try to exploit us and I think that is unfair”.

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