The National Union of Road Transport Workers has warned that transport fare might increase if the Federal Government did not subsidise its members with their cost of operation as inter-state travel resumes.
Acting General Secretary of the union, Kabiru Yau, made the call on Tuesday.
He said due to the spacing in the vehicles which will require the drivers to carry only nine or ten instead of the usual 18 passengers, the income of the drivers will be reduced.
“So we want the government to help subsidise the cost of those passengers that we will not be carrying or we will have to increase our transport fares.
“This is because the money that will be generated from the reduced number of passengers will barely cover the cost of fuel for the journey.
“So, what is the gain? What will you give to the owner of the vehicle? So, the government should please help us look into this matter,” he said.
Yau, however,commended the Federal Government for lifting the ban on interstate travel in the country.
He said the guidelines outlined by the government for the resumption of operations amid the coronavirus pandemic require operators to carry fewer passengers on each trip, thereby reducing their income.