Peru’s government rejects proposed bus fare hike

(LIP-jl) — After increased fuel prices caused Lima’s public transportation to announce it will go on strike and raise bus fares, Peruvian Prime Minister Jorge Del Castillo quickly rejected the idea and expressed his disagreement with transportation representatives.

Del Castillo indicated that if bus fares are to go up every time fuel prices increase, then they should do the exact opposite when prices decrease.

According to the prime minister, Peru’s public transportation companies did not reduce bus fares when fuel prices dropped each of the past four occasions.

Peruvian President Garcia added that while the transportation sector has the right to protest increased fuel prices, it does not have the right to have their customers subsidize their expenses.

Peru’s transportation announced yesterday that they will paralyze their activities if the government does not provide them with viable solutions.