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Transport Ministry, public transport operators to discuss fare hike
Thailand’s transport minister will meet private and public transport operators late this month to discuss their planned adjustment of fares.
The operators plan to increase their fares as the government is expected to raise prices of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and natural gas for vehicles (NGV) next month.
Transport Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong said he would hold a workshop with representatives from the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA), the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRT) and the Transport Co. on September 27 and would also discuss land transportation problems with them.
ACM Prajin told journalists that discussions would also focus on a plan by the MRT subway to increase its fares next month.
The ministry wants the MRT to delay its plan for as long as possible, or at least by the end of 2014 so that it would not cause hardship to the public, he said.
Regarding taxi drivers’ demand to raise taxi fares, the minister said he would invite taxi operators for a discussion after the September 27 workshop.
Representatives of the Energy Ministry and PTT Pcl will also be invited for discussions because the issue is directly related to energy prices.
The government plans to adjust LPG price in the transportation sector so that it reflects the actual production cost.
The LPG price in the transport sector has been cheaper than for the household sector since April, making consumption in the transportation sector higher by 10 per cent than before.
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