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Drivers strike recedes, fares increase JAKARTA - A mass strike by public minibus drivers receded in most parts of the country on Tuesday, but commuters had to pay the price as the drivers unilaterally increased the fares. Albeit far smaller in magnitude, the strike continued in Yogyakarta, the Central Java town of Batang and the West Java town of Cirebon. The West Java capital of Bandung, which was hit by the major strike on Monday, returned to normal on Tuesday. Minibuses were seen operating after the government unveiled the estimate of new fares which would be increased some 30 percent.
The new fares took effect on Tuesday although the local governments had not yet formalized them. "We just let drivers increase the fares according to our estimate. At least they are not arbitrarily jacking up the prices," Bandung Mayor Aa Tarmana said. In neighboring Bandung regency, the local administration allowed only a 10 percent increase. The decision upset many drivers who then chose to raise the fares by 20 percent or Rp 200 on average.



Posted in Economy @ 08 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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