Arron Nyamayaro, H-Metro Reporter
MOTORISTS have turned to ZUPCO buses following a fuel price hike announced by Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) yesterday.
One of the motorists who spoke on condition of anonymity told H-Metro that he will use his vehicle for important journeys only.
“Tamirawo pamutsetse weZUPCO iwoyo because they are charging 75 cents from Chitungwiza to town,” he said.
“I have decided to park my vehicle at home after I realised that it is now cheaper to travel by bus than using my car.
“I used to buy 10 liters and accommodate five passengers to and from home but this time it cannot work considering that ZUPCO has decreased the fare.
“This month has been tough considering that we borrowed money from relatives and friends to pay fees and when I receive my salary I will be left with nothing that is why I saw it best to go for ZUPCO,” he said.
One of the ZUPCO conductors only identified as Timothy said it was a busy day yesterday as passengers abandoned commuter omnibuses.
“We had standing passengers during pick hours and I want to believe some of the passengers were used to drive their vehicles to work saka ne 75 cents zvavo zvaita,” he said.
Commuters thanked Government for the influx of ZUPCO buses saying it has come at a time when they were beginning to lose hope due to cost of living.
Commuter omnibuses were seen parked and touts were uttering unprintable words to passengers warning them over deserting them to reunite with ZUPCO describing it as a short lived relationship.
Parking spaces increased yesterday, a move that has seen the CBD decongested.
In a statement, ZERA acting chief executive officer Mazambani advised that in terms of amendments to Statutory Instruments 9 and 10 of 2019 and the new measures taken by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe on fuel procurement based on the interbank rate, applicable prices for the period 21 May 2019 have been reviewed.
Petrol was reviewed to RTGS$4.6125 equivalent to diesel and the maximum being 4.97 for petrol and 4.89 for diesel.