Minibus fares go up in view of new sitting capacity regulations

Minibus fares and bus fares have gone up in some routes after government has started enforcing the 60 per cent capacity for public transport.

Minibuses should not overload passengers

The government is enforcing the 60 per cent capacity in view of the coronavirus threat.

In Lilongwe, most routes now range from K600 to K700 from K400 to K500.

Minibus Owners Association acting chairperson Felix Msiska said the new sitting capacity meant that minibus operators will not break through.

“With two people per row in minibuses, we cannot break through with the old fares. This is a big blow, this has hit us a lot,” he said.

Government is implementing several strict preventive measures against the coronavirus which has hit the country’s neighbouring countries of Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania and also the continent’s economic powerhouse, South Africa.

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Chikoti
Chikoti
8 months ago

These are times for life and death, care for your libes and please where possible , walk..you are safe if you walk …desperate times needs desperate measures…take care of your life

Alex mgeni
Alex mgeni
8 months ago

This dpp govt is brainless….. our pays have not not been adjusted upwards, we cant sustain the high bus fares. They should have temporalily taken off some levies on fuel so that the fuel prices get low and then the bus operators would have reduced their capacities without touching the fare. Very simple. Sizoti muziti bus operators are lucky…..No! We can as well park them home. Sizimadya zimenezi. Most of us work on other things also like you pipo.

Njalo
Njalo
8 months ago

You are lucky that you the minibus owners are still operating that you can even think of uplift the price in other countries the transportation is no longer working and they can’t have something for a day. The goverment could have taken other measures on this matters. This is only happening if you don’t have any option shame.

Citizen
Citizen
8 months ago

What does it mean the ‘country’s economic powerhouse, South Africa?’

Nero Moda
Nero Moda
8 months ago

Why can’t the government just lower fuel price? the global fuel prices have been falling. Slashing fuels prices will helpful to both passengers and minibus operators.

Kambewa chisale
8 months ago

You must consider the wellbeing and health of Malawians osati Ndalama

Old timers
Old timers
8 months ago

That’s very true, minibus owners don’t care about wellbeing and health of the public, all they think of is filling their pockets, that’s the reason why they make accidents frequently due to overloading. They have to understand the situation now and not rushing to increase fares. What if the country is totally shut down and no movements, what are they going to do. Let’s learn some motives why the government has done so, health is important to all Malawians.

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