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 despite the onset of summer, have run into problems.
TOFED President Rare OzkanHe said the sharp rise in fuel prices has put them under pressure. Ozkan says:
“The rise in diesel prices is uncertain, we don’t 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, ‘Since April 1, prices have gone up a lot. Diesel then 26 lira, it was 28-29. We did not find the difference in the price of diesel. Farms have started cutting prices. Now bus companies are being fined.
‘If you walk like this, the wheel will 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 VanGami bus burned one 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 nothing to do “
Bus owner Muhammad Fatih Onildiz On the other hand, they said that they have been doing this for years, but they are thinking of selling their bus because of insufficient income.
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 carriage be full from here to Bodrum, and from Bodrum to Istanbul. In other words, there is no hop-on-hop-off, except for 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.
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.
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.
Platform manager Ture Arca Mentioning that the buses did not leave due to lack of passengers, he said that the passengers were also affected.
“Right now, this economy has hit the bus industry as well. We’ve already heard that taxi drivers have cut off their communication today. We’re not doing well either. These fares are affecting our passengers as well. I can not be successful in that. So we are going through a very difficult day.
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. With 15 passengers, ‘I can’t go on this ride, it will cost me 12,000 lira. He says, ‘I can’t go. What is happening this time? Our passengers must be victims.
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 extended. “