HA NOI (VNS)— Bus firms propose to raise fares by 43-60 per cent for 10 days before and after Tet which starts on February 10.
The plan, revealed by Ha Noi Bus Station Management Company director Nguyen Hoang Trung, was to improve services and make up for losses when buses return nearly empty after taking people home for Tet.
Trung said he warned bus firms the rise was too high and could discourage passengers from using their services. The numbers of passengers were already forecast to be equal to only 40 per cent of last year's figure, he said.
Deputy director of the Viet Nam Road Administration Nguyen Van Quyen said it was legal for bus firms to increase fares during Tet to make up for low passenger numbers. The State did not set a cap.
However, the municipal transport department should make sure that price hikes were reasonable and justified by the service, Quyen said.
Tran Van Hai from northern Ninh Binh Province said he and his peers in Ha Noi would have no choice but to accept a fare increase.
"Even if we know the quality of the service will not be as good as they promise, we can't miss Tet," Hai said. "It is the rare occasion in the year to reunite with our families." — VNS