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Dominica: Cabinet implements new bus fares and taxi rates

Roseau, Dominica: The Cabinet has approved the implementation of the latest bus fares and taxi rates, which is in compliance with Section 3:2(a) of the Vehicles and Road Traffic Act #17 of 1993. The revised rates of buses and taxes will be effective from March 15, 2023.

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Roseau, Dominica: The Cabinet has approved the implementation of the latest bus fares and taxi rates, which is in compliance with Section 3:2(a) of the Vehicles and Road Traffic Act #17 of 1993. The revised rates of buses and taxes will be effective from March 15, 2023.

The Dominica Transport Board made submissions to the Cabinet Task Force, which is based on recommendations from the Airport Taxi Operators Association for an increase in Taxi rates for plying the Douglas Charles Airport Routes as well as bus driver representatives of the associations for increases in bus fares, which travel the routes across the island.

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The Cabinet, with this decision, aims for the regularization of the fares, which have been enforced for some time, especially on the airport route.

The Transport Board used the approved schedule of fares that was applicable in 2008 as a yardstick for setting new bus fares.In comparison with the 2008 bus fare schedule, the fares for long routes from the capital, Roseau, to communities across the island have been increased to $1.50 from $1.  

At the same time, the fares for the shorter routes and inter-villages have been increased to $0.75 from $0.25. The recommendations for increasing fares are based on surging prices of fuel and other factors, including the acquisition cost of new vehicles, cost of spare parts, maintenance charges as well as rising cost of insurance premiums.

The transport board recommended, as well as the Cabinet has approved, the regularization of new rates for shuttle and hired service from Douglas Charles Airport through various routes from the island.

 

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