Travelling out of the city by private buses especially when during festivals and long weekends has been a rude shock for many passengers who did not book in advance. With seats filling up rapidly in the festive season, bus operators resort to charging more than the usual rates for holiday destinations and in some cases these fares are more than double or triple the normal fares.
But as per the story published in the TOI, Transport department has for the first time proposed to fix fares for contract carriage private buses.
The department’s proposal, sent to the state government, sets Rs 35 as the per-kilometre rate for non-AC buses and Rs 45 for AC buses. This means private bus operators can charge only the above mentioned rates divided by the total number of passengers. However, they will be allowed to revise the fare by 10% during festive seasons.
The department will also publicise the maximum fares that private buses can charge from Bengaluru to various cities following government approval. At present, private bus operators enjoy an unchecked run. Many private operators charge more than five times the fares proposed by the transport department, especially during weekends and festival season. The Christmas season bus fares to various cities have already gone up.
The commuters have been demanding the same from a long time that the prices of these private operators who work in contract carriage be fixed or capped as the prices hit the sky during festivals.
It is very likely that the bus operators will oppose this and put forth their problems and will try to justify the fare hike. But the Govt allows a 10% Fare hike during peak season which would be welcomed by all, but the 500 ticket been sold at 2500 is too much.