Ernakulam District Consumers’ Protection Council has demanded that bus fares should be based on distance travelled by a passenger and not on the current fare stage system.

A statement issued by the Council here on Wednesday said that the government should immediately end the fare stage system.

The demand was raised at a meeting of the Council at the Gandhi Bhavan in the city on Wednesday.

The statement alleged that passengers were now paying for the distance they did not actually travel under the fare stage system.

Minimum charge

The claim was backed by the example of the minimum charge of Rs. 5 now being prevalent under which a passenger should be able to travel at least nine kilometres, said the Council.

The Council said that the fare stage system was imposed on the people in 1988 and that till that time the passengers had to pay only the basis of the distance they travelled.

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