Competition Vans " Marron" Put Public Transport Companies In Red
24 September 2012 - Défi Media Group
The taxi "marron" is an ongoing problem ... Not being outdone, vans " marron" also proliferating. The public transport companies suffer and see their sales drop significantly every month. Folder to urgently address and be presented to the President of the Republic on Monday.
They swarm everywhere. Vans that operate illegally, called "marron", are true cancers for public transport companies.
Indeed, estimates of their deficits are scary. According to calculations from the beginning of 2012, Rose-Hill Transport estimates its losses at more than 10% monthly: "The decline in our sales slows our innovation projects of our services. The National Transport Authority said work actively on this issue. It points to the police who let these people operate illegally and under their noses, 'says Siddharth Law, Managing Director of Rose-Hill Transport.
From Triolet Bus Service sideTraffic Controller Gokhul says " the deficit is around 10%. " The Mauritius Bus Transport sounding the alarm. "In ten years, we have lost more than 30% of our travelers, and from 2011 to date, it has 15% fewer passengers," says the Managing Director, Uday Gujadhur. The side of the Bus Operators Cooperative Society Ltd South, his secretary, Camlesswur Mohungoo, feared the worst.
"Compared with 2011, we recorded a loss of Rs 1000 on three trips that made a bus. It has 225 buses on the road every day! "The case is even more serious for the National Transport Cooperation (NTC). Pradeep Pandey, Traffic Manager, reveals that "each month is less than 5% of our sales since early 2012." NTC operates 79 routes with 439 vehicles in daily.
The United Bus Company Service, conducted studies on the current status of operations vans "marron". "On our 52 lines of operation were collected vans 3200" marron "in operation between 6 and 9 o'clock in the morning, and 3200 others between 15 and 18 hours in the afternoon. Our losses in terms of monthly cash flow varies between 20% and 22% since early 2012. We had a meeting with the Mauritius Police Force last Wednesday to find an urgent solution, but in vain, "says Aleem Bundhoo, Chairman and CEO of UBS.
A file has been prepared on the subject by the Common Front Transport unions. Its members have an appointment with the President of the Republic, Kailash Puryyag, Monday, Sept. 24, to discuss the license points. The President of the Front, Yusuf Chotoye indicates that this file is close to his heart and intends to present to the President to quickly find a solution to the problem of vans as "marron."
"I will put the President aware of malaise of public transport companies. Already, the introduction of travel cards for students and seniors has dropped considerably turnover of bus companies.
Vans and taxis with the "marron", they suffer more and unfairly. I suggest that all private and rental vans carry special identification with the specifications of their regions of origin. This could help agents NTA and law enforcement to find them more effectively. "
The National Transport Authority condemns not only vans "marron" but the passengers! Cyril Appajala, Traffic Controller at the NTA, suggests that the drivers of these vans are hunted, sanctioned and in some cases their vehicles sealed. He also added that "passengers caught in the net are also taken to the police station nearest to you. They are controlled and must pay a fine of Rs 500, before being summoned to Court. Each passenger is traveling at his own risk and peril. " Passengers, you have been warned!