No overcharging of commuters any longer: NABTA

16 Dec 2014 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 16 DEC (NAMPA) - The Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (NABTA) will soon issue directives with regards to prices for long-distance travel on public buses and taxis.
“We are not going to allow the overcharging of commuters any longer,” the association’s president Vespa Muunda told Nampa on Monday.
He said his organisation will before the end of this week issue a booklet which will outline all the long-distance transport prices on public transport around the country.
“Each bus will be required to adhere to those prices,” he stressed.
NABTA officials will also be at police roadblocks, and will work closely with the Namibian Police Force to ensure that commuters are not overcharged.
“We will be demanding for their logbooks in which they should write down the passengers’ names, and how much they have paid,” he explained, adding that those bus operators who may have overcharged customers would be held accountable.
He said this in reference to some commuters complaining that certain buses charge them up to N.dollars 400 per trip up North - a trip which usually costs N.dollars 220 from the local points of departure.
These clients singled out operators at the Monte Cristo bus terminal of overcharging them.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people were seen queuing up at various bus terminals in Windhoek for transport to the northern parts of the country.
This is a common occurrence before the festive season. A similar scenario plays out when the festive season comes to an end, and just before the annual school- year starts.
A commuter who spoke to Nampa on condition of anonymity said she had been standing at the Kalahari Holdings’ Namib Haulage offices in Windhoek West from 04h00 on Tuesday to buy a ticket to Outapi in the Omusati Region for Friday.
Many other clients prefer the Namib Haulage or ‘yellow buses’ as they are also known because they are cheaper and safer.
“Here, they do not overcharge us. We pay their usual price of N.dollars 190,” said commuters.