The Public Transport Council has embarked on its annual fare review exercise, and public transport operators can submit their applications for a fare review (” ‘Keep public transport affordable’ “; Thursday).
I would be surprised if they do not apply for an upward revision.
What I find baffling is the need for this annual exercise. Surely, our public transport operators are not bleeding so much red ink as to require such regular adjustments.
In fact, according to their annual audited accounts, they can be described as being in a more than comfortable position.
Perhaps, instead of a mandated annual fare review exercise, a better option could be to hold such a review every three to five years.
However, if there are extraordinary or compelling circumstances for a fare review, then the council should have the discretion to call for one.