Private buses start collecting new fare from passengers

September 1st, 2008 - 2:22 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Buses of the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) and private operators provide service as usual. Meanwhile, the private buses have started to use a new fare rate this morning (September, 1st).

BMTA Director Phinet Puaphatthanakul (พิเณศวร์ พัวพัฒนกุล) says the registrar of the Department of Land Transport informed BMTA of the Supreme Administrative Court’s decision to allow the private buses to raise the fares which have increased from 8.50 to 10 baht for non-air conditioned buses, 6.50 to 7.50 baht for two-row buses, and 7 to 8 baht for mini buses. The fare of air conditioned buses has increased by one baht per distance.

The fare rate of BMTA buses will not rise until BMAT is approved by its executive board to increase the fares. The board may call a meeting this week to review the fare increase.

Buses of both BMTA and the private operators have run normally this morning. No stop of service has been reported.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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