People of Hama city complain about high transportation fees to Damascus
Hama - SMART
On Thursday, people of the city of Hama, Central Syria, complained about bus high transportation fees to Damascus.
A passenger, who preferred to stay anonymous for security reasons, reported to SMART that transportation fees in the al-Ahliah and al-Saraj reached 2,200 Syrian pounds, with an increase of 600 SYP comparing to previous fees.
Earlier, the Syrian government transportation directorate fixed transportation fees at 1,100 SYP, however; the travel companies did not abide by the decision.
The passenger added that the new pricing fixed the fees of transportation on businessmen class reached 2,500 SYP after it was 1,900.
Another passenger, who also preferred to stay anonymous and who lives in Hama, expressed his discontent toward the new pricing and the transportation directorate, as he needs to travel every month to Damascus to treat his child with cancer. The passenger clarified that the old fees, which was 1,600 SYP, was a burden for him due to declining living conditions of citizens.
This increase came after the United States dollar exchange rate against the SYP reached 2,000 on May 18, 2020, for the first time in Syria’s history.
On June 6, 2018, the Syrian government opened the road between the Hama and Homs governorates after it has been closed for seven years due to Syrian government forces' shelling.
People in the Syrian government forces-controlled areas complain about high prices of food and several services, amidst the absence of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection directorate role.