More than two years after the COVID-19 pandemic raged, new passenger transport is on the brink of resumption. The number of visitors gradually increases, but not much. In addition to the high petrol price, many companies are constantly making losses.
Currently, every bus departure, the number of passengers fills only about 40% of the seats. That’s why most companies have only put less than half of their vehicles into service to date.
A representative of the management unit of the Hanoi bus station said gasoline accounts for more than 40% of transport costs. Therefore, every time the gasoline price increases, it continues to cause problems for companies, so many bus operators increase ticket prices.
“During the process of price increases, we also evaluate and remind ourselves to strictly adhere to state regulations when raising prices. Ensure the harmonious benefits between the garage parties and passengers, so that the price increase does not affect people’s travel needs,” said Mr. Tran Hoang – Head of Planning Department, Hanoi Bus Station Joint Stock Company.
According to a representative of the Hanoi Taxi Association, in the context of a sharp increase in gasoline prices, the number of new passengers reached about 30% compared to before the epidemic, so in order to maintain the activity, taxis and technological vehicles must also increase their prices by 10-15% to avoid continued losses.
In addition to trying to put part of the vehicle into service to serve and hold passengers, bus companies have also had to carry more packages over time to cover costs.