ZUPCO Hikes Fares & Introduces USD Prices With Effect From 1 September
The Zimbabwe Passengers Company ZUPCO has hiked fares once again and also introduced United States Dollar (USD) Fares.
In a statement released on 29 August 2022, ZUPCO’s announced that the new fares will take effect from 1 September 2022.
Passengers who use ZUPCO commuter omnibus kombis will now pay ZWL$400 from the current ZWL$220 for distances up to 20 km. For distances between 21 and 30 kilometres, they will now pay ZWL$550. This is an increase of ZWL$290 from the current ZWL$260.
Those paying in USD will have to fork out USD0.75 (75 cents) for short distances of up to 20 km. For between 21 and 30 kilometres, the fare is USD1.00 per trip.
For those who use ZUPCO buses, the fares are as follows.
- 01-20 km ZWL$300 [the previous fare was ZWL$140] and USD0.50 [50 cents]
- 21-30 km ZWL$400 [the previous fare was ZWL$180] and USD0.75 [75 cents]
- 31-40 km ZWL$500 [the previous fare was ZWL$220] and USD1.00 [US$1.00]
Passengers did not take well to the new ZUPCO fares, particularly the USD prices, accusing the state-owned company of fueling inflation.
They argued that ZUPCO is charging 75 cents USD prices when other private motorists are charging only 50 cents USD for the same distances. This will likely result in private players increasing their own prices to match the US$0.75 being charged by ZUPCO commuter omnibuses.
Below are some of the reactions from social media,
From 1 September 2022, a Zupco bus to town is going to be US$0.50, while a Zupco Kombie will be US$0.75 so expensive than the private players. The introduction of Zupco was for affordability and the government was subsidizing, now l wonder whether the subsidy is still there!
Nick: Prices are falling, clap hands for us
Zupco: Prices are doubled, hold my beer
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