A second meeting with the Ministry of Transport on Thursday, January 7 to decide on the exact per cent to up the fares ended inconclusively. The first meeting was held on Monday, January 4.
Www.tv3network.com gathers the transport unions fixed the next meeting for Thursday, January 14 to take a final decision.
The Transport Ministry is said to be talking the unions into maintaining the fares especially as they had not decreased them when fuel prices were reduced.
But the transport operators are citing other factors apart from the petroleum price increases as reasons for their no-turning-back decision to up the fares.
They claim increase in motor insurance premiums as well as high costs in spare parts are some of the contributory factors to their decision to increase fares.