NTTU threatens unilateral N$5 taxi fare increase

NTTU threatens unilateral N$5 taxi fare increase
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Nampa

Windhoek commuters may dig deeper into their pockets to fork out a minimum of N$15 per trip as early as the start of September if a taxi union has its way.
The Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) says it plans to implements the 50% increase with-or-without approval.
NTTU president, Werner Januarie has told Nampa that the union may proceed with the increment of taxi fares without approval from the Ministry Works and Transport Ministry.
Januarie explained that the NTTU had put a strategy in place to attain the implementation of its proposed tariff.
The NTTU has been pushing for the increment since last month, after fuel prices increased for the third time this year.
Januarie previously said NTTU members had requested for another meeting in five-days to decide on the increment.
The union acknowledges a stipulation in the 1977 Transport Act that provides for 10% increase at a time, but the NTTU president says union members cannot compromise on their own welfare and interests.
The last taxi fare increase was from N$9 to N$10 per trip brought about through the Namibia Bus and Taxi Association's negotiations with the Government.