The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party, JLP says they will be going ahead with their peaceful protest in Half Way Tree at 7 Monday morning, against the increase in bus fares.
On Wednesday, Transport Minister, Dr. Omar Davies announced a 50-percent increase in fares for students, a 20-percent increase for adults, and a 2-hundred percent increase in for senior citizens.
The announcement drew swift backlash from the parliamentary opposition and several stakeholder groups.
The Ministry yesterday revised the fares for senior citizens downgrading it from 2-hundred percent to a 1-hundred percent spike, moving from 20 to 40-dollars, instead of 60-dollars.
But the Opposition Spokesman on Transport Dr. Horace Chang says that adjustment is not the solution to the issue.
Dr. Chang says its the operations at the JUTC that must be fixed to plug the losses at the company.
Opposition Spokesman on Transport Dr. Horace Chang speaking last evening on Nationwide @ 5.
Meanwhile the Opposition Leader Andrew Holness says its clear that the Simpson Miller administration does not understand the financial pressure that Jamaicans are suffering at this time.
He says while senior citizen’s fares might have been the worst of their planned increases, the burden on families that will be caused by the other planned increased fares on adults, students and the disabled, are still too much at this time.