The steady rise in energy has hit the transport sector hard. Those who work on intercity buses revolted against rising prices and the cost of living.
The steady rise in fuel also hurts intercity transport. “With this increase in diesel, if we go into this situation, no one will come back,” said Birol Ozkan, president of the Turkish Bus Drivers Federation (TOFED). Bus owner Muhammet Fatih Onyıldız said: “We will even finish this summer and sell the bus and try another profession. It’s a grandfather’s job, a father’s job, but we’re thinking about quitting, “he said.
Rising diesel prices are forcing intercity bus companies to make new decisions.
Managers, employees and drivers of bus companies operating at the Barrampasa Grand Bus Terminal, where the expected activity has not been seen since the beginning of the summer months, are in trouble.
Tofed president Biral Ozkan says the exorbitant rise in fuel prices makes them very difficult.
“Fuel height is starting to be undecided”
As diesel fuel growth begins to become uncertain, we begin to be unable to see the future. Now all our companies have applied to the ministry for permission to provide additional services at this bus station before school holidays and vacations.
Now no one has anything. Because they can’t sell tickets. Why? Since they do not see the future, they do not sell diesel at that price because they do not know how much it will increase.
The Ministry of Transport sets the price. On April 6 they set the price for us, we paid the companies. But how many have been increased since April? At our meeting at the ministry on June 1, we said, ‘Prices have been increased a lot since April 1.
Diesel then 26 lira, it was 28-29. We did not find the difference in the price of diesel. Companies start cutting at higher prices. Now bus companies are being fined.
“We go in such a way that the wheel does not turn.”
In the past, there were extra flights when semester breaks came on these dates. 1700-1800 buses leave from this bus station. And when the festival came, it would have reached 2,500-2,600. Today, there are 230 trips from this bus station. In other words, with this diesel increase, if we go into this state, the wheel will not turn, will not.
“We are ashamed to say ticket 600-650 TL”
We do not want to be alone. I read the newspaper today and the public wants it for their own car. A van burning a thousand liters of diesel, eight thousand lira round trip, the same condition of Trabzon.
Now, how will these bus companies handle it? They cut the campaign, they cut the treat. So we are ashamed too. Tickets are 600-650 lira when we call the van.
Not all students can go to their hometown. So we are ashamed. We are ashamed to raise. But there is nothing to do. “
“Even if my car is full, a thousand tons of income”
Bus owner Muhammet Fatih Onyıldız says they have been doing this for many years, but are considering selling their bus because of insufficient income.
Onyıldız used the following statement:
Income is very low. Because my car is running in the basement every day. I get up from here at 05.00 and work in the bedroom every two days.
So I am serving 15 per month. Give it a little when I hit it on the moon. But that income does not save the cost of the car.
For example, the fuel cost for my Bodrum trip was 17,000 lira. Let my vehicle be full from here to Bodrum, and from Bodram to Istanbul.
In other words, any hop-on-hop-off, excluding cargo revenue, the remaining money for the car is a thousand lira or something per trip.
3-4 years ago, when my vehicle was doing Sivas or something, when the vehicle brought 5 thousand lira, I could fill the tank with it in the next service. But at the moment we can’t buy diesel for one thousand lira.
The previous serving is even saved to the next one. But the money I make at the moment can’t cover the diesel fuel from here to Bursa.
“When I spend 2 lira on fuel, my expenses increase by a thousand tolly.”
You don’t need to visit last month. You can view it 3 days in advance. The price of diesel has increased anew. For example, my car tank is 500 liters, and when the diesel increases by 2 lira, my cost automatically increases to one thousand lira.
My costs are constantly rising. You’re going by the warehouse. For example, my car stays off the highway and comes off the highway. Coming and going on the highway, it’s two thousand-odd. There is a separate bus station from here.
Continuous payment, nothing more. That is, it saves the tip. For example, cargo is going through here, you try to save with them.
“We will sell the bus and try another profession.”
My father is a bus driver, my grandfather is a bus driver, I went to school and graduated from Ege University, but due to Turkish conditions I have to look for my father’s job now.
My dad even said, ‘This job is dying’. We will even finish this article and try another profession by selling buses. Grandpa’s job, father’s job but we are thinking of giving up. “
“Economy attacks bus sector”
Platform manager Toure Arca said the buses did not leave because there were no passengers, and so the passengers were also victims:
“Right now, this economy has hit the bus industry as well. We’ve already heard that taxi drivers have cut off their communication. We’re not doing well either. These increases are affecting our passengers as well.”
You know, we increase the extra value by 10-20 lira, but we can’t succeed in that either. So we are going through a very difficult day.
“We’re out of the epidemic. We can’t get out of the high.”
Fortunately, we got out of the epidemic for good, but we can’t get out of this hike. The late Isevit lived there, he spoke directly to us. I don’t talk about hikes anymore.
It certainly affects our employees. It affects us too. We are minimum wage workers. How long will we make a living? We can’t really send our cars now. Because it has 15 passengers,
‘I can’t go on this ride, I’ll spend 12 thousand lira. He says, ‘I can’t go. What is happening this time? Our passengers must be victims.
“Hi has a shape of its own”
It’s okay to raise one, but raise has its own form. Do you have an increase in sleep time? ,
I go to the market in the morning and I buy what I see for 4 lira for 7 lira. What does this mean? The operation was performed at night. So it has been increased. ”