YEREVAN, March 14. / ARKA /. The union of owners of private companies operating Yerevan’s public transport system have resumed today their demand that public transport fares be doubled from current 100 drams for mini vans which work on liquefied or pressurized gas and 250 drams for busses which work on diesel fuel.
Speaking at a news conference, the chairman of the union, Hrant Yeghiazaryan , said it is not necessarily that the whole amount be paid by citizens because part could be subsidized by the government.
Yeghiazaryan expressed dissatisfaction with the work of a special commission set up last September to look into the issue.
Yeghiazaryan’s deputy Harutyun Arakelyan argued that the 100 dram fare is not sufficient to ensure safe and comfortable passenger transportation service.
"If this continues, in the near future we will not be able to ensure the safety of passengers, and the operation of this service would be in jeopardy," he said.
He said the union had sent a letter to Yerevan municipality demanding a solution to this issue.
In 2013 July bus fares in Yerevan rose from 100 drams to 150 drams (36 U.S. cents). The move caused unprecedented protests organized by hundreds of mostly young activists, who urged commuters not to pay higher fees. The authorities had to suspend fare hike as a result. -0-