Expensive School Ride: School bus fares to increase due to increase in petrol/diesel prices

With an increase in the prices of petrol and diesel, the School Bus Owners Association declared a hike in the prices of school bus fare by October.


For the past few days, the prices of petrol and diesel have been continuously soaring resulting in discontent among people. On Tuesday, Mumbai witnessed a price hike in diesel/petrol prices for the tenth consecutive day and in response, the school buses’ fare prices will witness a surge from October 2018. The decision to increase the fare prices was put forward by the School Bus Owners Association.

Petrol and diesel prices have significantly risen over the past 10 days. On Monday, the petrol prices had closed at ₹86.50 whereas the prices reached ₹86.72 on Tuesday. Similarly, diesel prices had reached ₹75.74 from ₹75.54 in the past 24 hours. Thus, the school bus unions have decided to increase the bus fares by ₹75 to ₹100 per student.

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Earlier, the School Bus Owners Association's president Anil Garg had backed the transporters’ strike because they were facing losses over high petrol and diesel prices.

Nearly, 8000 school buses are run in Mumbai Suburban, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan, Panvel and Vasai Virar. The fare for these school buses is currently ₹1000 to ₹1500 per month, which will now witness an increase of up to ₹75 to ₹100.

We are already having problems managing school buses in Mumbai and these potholes are enough to waste enough fuel. With a regular increase in the petrol and diesel prices, the School Bus Owners Association has decided to increase the prices of the school buses by ₹75 to ₹100 per student. The increase will take effect from October,” said Anil Garg, School Bus Owners Association, President.