Solar Bus Announces Cancellation of Senior Discount|日統客運4路線 65歲長者半票優惠10/1取消


Solar Bus will cancel its senior citizen discount on four northbound bus routes starting Oct.1. Under the Transportation Management Regulations, however, operators cannot unilaterally cancel senior discounts and other legally granted discounts. If operators want to do this, they have to submit an application to the government and the application has to be approved. The Directorate General of Highways says it will do what it can to negotiate with the company.


Solar Bus has announced it will cancel its 50 percent senior discount on four northbound bus routes running from Yunlin's Douliu, Xiluo, Sihu and Chiayi's Minxiong to Taipei, Sanchong and Linkou.

Of the close to 500,000 rides a year, 25 to 30 percent are half-price customers. (The Directorate General of Highways') cross-subsidy regulations allow autonomous hikes by operators. So-called full-price fares no longer reflect the actual ratio of senior ridership.

This means seniors traveling from Yunlin and Chiayi to Taipei will have to pay twice what they are paying now.

If they are losing money over the long term, we won't have buses to take either. Us consumers are just like, why is it like this now when other (operators) could shoulder the load before?

The company says ridership has been affected by the high-speed rail. In addition, seniors account for 30 percent of its passengers and it can no longer withstand the NT$30 million in annual losses from the discount. Yunlin County Magistrate Chang Li-shan has asked the Directorate General of Highways for assistance.

I hope the Directorate General of Highways can provide these discounts or special subsidies to help long-haul bus operators including Solar Bus, and remote townships and counties.

Starting October, seniors traveling from Yunlin and Chiayi to Taipei will have to pay a one-way fare of NT$360 to NT$400 instead of the NT$180 to NT$200 they are paying now. Solar Bus says it has not received a single government subsidy in 23 years and it has the right to cancel the discount fare under "The Act of Encouraging Public Transportation." The Chiayi District Motor Vehicles Office says it has already helped to increase ridership and bus companies should help shoulder the burden of social responsibility.



日統客運貼出公告,10月1號開始,從雲林斗六、西螺、四湖,嘉義民雄發車,開往台北,三重,林口的四條國道路線,65歲以上的長輩,不再有享半價優惠票。

日統客運副總 林澤民表示:「一年將近有五十萬的旅次,其中大概有百分之二十五到三十是半票乘客,(公路局)交叉補貼的方式,讓業者自行去拉高,所謂全票的票價,它已經不符合真實的老人乘客的搭乘比例。」

這對搭乘這四條客運路線南來北往的年長乘客,衝擊最大,等於雲林、嘉義到台北的單程車票,就要多付一倍的錢。

乘客表示:「它要是長期虧損,我們也沒得坐啊,我們消費者是感覺說,怎麼會這樣,以前的人就有辦法負擔。」

業者表示,高鐵雲林站開站後,衝擊日統客運的運量,再加上65歲的長者搭乘人數佔載客量的三成,一年虧損三千萬,實在撐不下去。雲林縣長張麗善也出面,呼籲公路總局幫幫忙。

雲林縣長 張麗善表示:「那在我在這裡也希望公路總局能夠在整個國道,整個日統客運,在協助這樣的一個偏鄉偏縣的同時,能夠給予特別的這些優惠,或是特別的一些贊助。」

優惠取消後,長輩們雲林、嘉義到台北的單程票,從半價180元至200元,恢復為全票360元至400元。日統客運表示,23年來,不曾領過優惠差額短收的相關政府補貼,根據"發展大眾運輸條例",除非法律另有規定予以優惠者外,一律全票收費,公路局嘉義區監理所則是表示,已輔導降低空車率,也希望企業共同承擔社會責任。

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