Apr 6, 2011, 3:25 PM
According to Sheriff Dibba, Secretary General of the Transport Control, "Banjul-Brikama, which was D15, has now been increased to D17," Mr Dibba said, adding that Serrekunda-Bakau, which was D5, has now been increased to D6.
In the same vein Serrekunda-Lamin, all the way towards Banjulinding, which used to be D5 per passenger, is now increased to D6, he said.
The National Transport Control Association went further to explain that the new tariffs from Serrekunda to Brikama, which was D10, has now been adjusted to D12. Serrekunda-Gunjur, which was D15, is now D18. Serrekunda-Tujereng, hitherto D10, has now been increased to D12.
With all of these fare increases the need to carry coins for change may even end up putting pressure on the National Mint. Do we have enough coins in circulation to service this reality?
As always, time will tell but perhaps it may be time to consider another option. Could there be a type of ticketing system put in place whereby a regular traveller could purchase a book of tickets from a number of different outlets. On their journey they could then present one of these tickets to the driver who in turn could take them to a cash office and cash them in. This kind of system might be quite effective if it operated alongside a straight cash payment option which would leave drivers with enough cash to purchase fuel. An option could also be agreed with a number of fuel filling stations to accept the vouchers in lieu of cash payment for fuel. Of course no system is foolproof but perhaps something along these lines might be considered to alleviate difficulty for both drivers and passengers in constantly having to ensure that they possess enough coins to cover their fares.
"Having a little inflation is like being a little pregnant."