SINGAPORE - Bus fares have increased by S$5 for students living near their schools, pushing the cost to between S$50 and S$80 a month.
Those living further will see a hike of at least S$15, with the monthly bill between S$100 and S$200, reported Lianhe Zaobao.
Mr Teo Ah, secretary-general of the Singapore School and Private Hire Bus Owners' Association, said bus companies generally avoid increasing fares, but had no choice.
1. Running costs
Mr Teo said they have to factor in the rising price of diesel, repairs and maintenance costs.
2. Drivers' wages
He told The New Paper in Mandarin: "It has been more difficult to find bus drivers, and we usually have to offer a higher salary to entice others.
"Companies often end up hiring foreign drivers to fill the jobs. But this would mean even higher salaries and insurance fees.
"It is hard to even retain current bus drivers."