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Bus plan slashes collectors, offers Bt1-million package

Breaking News August 28, 2017 19:29

By The Nation

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Bus-fare collectors in the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority’s (BMTA) fleet may bag Bt1 million each if they sign up for its upcoming early-retirement programme.

BMTA acting director Yook Jarupume revealed Monday that his agency would seek Bt2 billion in the 2018 fiscal year’s budget for the early retirement of about 2,000 fare collectors.

The 2018 fiscal year will start on October 1 next year. 

Yook said the BMTA intends to cut the number of fare collectors in response to a new ticketing system that will soon be installed on some buses and would not require collectors. 

At present, the BMTA fleet has an average of about 4.8 fare collectors per bus. It believes the number of fare collectors will be cut in half by 2019.

“The move will allow the BMTA to lower its costs,” Yook said. 

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