The relentless rise in fuel prices has led to a major crisis in intercity transport.
Everyone is tough
What has happened has put companies and citizens in a difficult position. Although many students could not go to their hometowns, the cost of a round trip for a family of 4 matched the minimum wage. The condition of bus companies is also dire. While many companies are shutting down, many are in the process of turning off the ignition.
The craftsman is wicked
Birol Ozkan, President of the Turkish Bus Drivers Federation (TOFED): “Nobody turns around with this diesel increase.” Mehmet Deniz, chairman of the Safranbolu Chamber of Drivers and Automakers:
With this hike, the wheel will not turn
Birol Ozkan, president of the Turkish Bus Drivers Federation (TOFED), 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 despite the onset of summer, have run into problems. Birol Ozkan, president of the Turkish Bus Drivers Federation (TOFED), says the sharp rise in fuel prices has hurt them. Ozkan says: “Diesel oil growth is starting to be uncertain, we don’t see the future.”
We are ashamed to say the price
Saying that the prices were set by the Ministry of Transport, Ozkan said, “Companies began to reduce prices at higher rates. Now bus companies are being fined. 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 do not want to be alone. (…) They cut the campaigns and cut the offerings. So we are ashamed too. If you tell Van, the ticket is 600-650 lira. Not all students can go to their hometown. So we are ashamed. We are ashamed to raise. But there is nothing to do. “
Passengers also suffered
Platform manager Toure Arca said: “Thank God we got through the epidemic, but we couldn’t get out of this hike. Now you don’t say hike while you sleep. 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 there are 15 passengers, ‘I can’t go on this ride, it will cost me 12 thousand 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 at 4 lira for 7 lira. What does this mean? The operation was performed at night. So it has been increased. ”
This profession is dying
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 says: “You don’t have to look back at 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. (…) My father is a bus driver, my grandfather is a bus driver, I went to school. I graduated from Edge University, but due to Turkish conditions I have to look after 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. Dede’s job, Dad’s job but we are thinking of giving up. “
Istanbul – Phoenix
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