Public transport will continue going up unless gov’t steps in – operators

Public transport will continue going up unless gov’t steps in – operators
Boda boda operators queue for fuel at NilePet fuel station in Juba (photo credit: Alex Bullen/ City Review)

Commuters using public transport should brace themselves for high transportation charges in the coming days, industry operators have warned.

The South Sudan General Transport and workers’ Union (SSGTWU) said that fare will continue going up if the government doesn’t intervene.
Simon Lasu Michael, SSGTWU Chairperson, told City Review that the union can no longer regulate the fare due to the inflation that has destabilised the price of fuel in the country.

“Everyone is aware of the situation which extends beyond our borders. But we shouldn’t wait to keep watching the situation like that. I believe our government has and must play a significant role in preventing it from getting worse,” Lasu said of the high cost of petrol.

A litre of petrol is currently retailing at between SSP 1000 and 1200 in most stations.

A spot check by City Review Wednesday revealed that most station have adjusted their pump prices above 1000-mark, except Trinity Energy where a litre retails at SSP950 as of today, Wednesday, August 3.

Despite the fact that things appear to be out of control, Michael said that it is still possible for the government to come up with strategies to de-escalate the rising pump prices.

“The government should therefore consider keeping some fuel for and selling to them [drivers] at a discount rate. Alternatively, the government can allocate some crude oil for the nation’s transportation system,” he added.

When asked if the union has the authority to set pricing for the drivers, Michael responded that only in circumstances where things are normal would the union have the authority to do so.

Two months ago, it would cost about SSP150 to commute from Customs to Gudele, today, you will need between SSP350-500 depending on the time of the day.

The same ride on a NOAH will cost approximately SSP500 while raksha and boda boda charges between 650 and SSP1000.