Is the transportation allowance in dollars?

The question – the joke that passengers on public buses and cars circulate is: When will the Governor of the Banque du Liban, Riad Salameh, set a price for the “passenger dollar” so that they know at what exchange rate they will pay instead of arriving at their workplaces today! Asking the public driver about the pricing has become a duty, after it has become similar to the dollar in its fluctuations, as every day has its “exchange rate”, and the price of 10 thousand pounds today may not be the same tomorrow.

The cost of getting out of the house has become “ruiners of homes” for many employees, who have become a huge difference between what they receive in salaries and what they pay on the roads. Sarah, who lives in the suburb and works in the Traffic Department in Dekwaneh, is one of those who found themselves unable to match the reward with the required. Previously, Sarah used to take two taxis to get to her work, but today, after she hit “fifths with a six”, she made an “agreement” with a colleague to go with him to work in return for her contribution to the price of a can of petrol, especially since “today’s transportation allowance from Dahiyeh to Dekwaneh costs At a minimum, 60,000 and sometimes 80,000,” which is a very high cost, because “we did not receive the transportation allowance approved by the state, up to 24,000 pounds.” Therefore, she is considering leaving work “in the state”, because she is no longer able to bear additional expenses, despite “the authority tolerated us as employees, as it asked us to attend two days a week.”

Sarah’s condition is similar to that of tens of thousands of employees, day laborers and contractors who found themselves in a losing battle, so many preferred to resign from their jobs because what they earn was no longer enough instead of transportation. “How about the other obligations of food and birth bills,” says Selim, who quit his job, when “she woke up.” » The state decided to raise the transportation allowance to 24,000 liras. “The gas canister was 133 thousand liras. Today, after the subsidy has been completely removed, the price of the tin has reached 213,000 liras, and most likely it will rise again with the change in the dollar exchange rate.”

Some institutions have tried to devise solutions, even temporary, that exempt them from the loss of their employees, so they resorted to adopting rotation in work and reducing the number of actual working days, among them the military institution, which took a series of measures to reduce the cost of transportation for the military, including contracting with public buses to secure the transport of military personnel on the basis of the previous pricing. In return for securing fuel for it or monitoring monthly allowances for drivers. With regard to commuters with their own cars, the Corporation reduced “service rides” from 5 to 3 per month. However, these measures remain unable to fill the gaps caused by the hydrocarbon crisis. As for private cars, even the three rides are “expensive, especially with the high price of petrol.” As for the buses, they do not include all the “lines” and have no specific timing for them, and the military is forced to leave the house very early to catch up. As for those who do not “catch up,” they must bear the “disaster,” according to what one of the soldiers who lives in Rayak al-Baqia and serves in the city of Tripoli, as “the journey costs me between 90 and 100 thousand pounds: 50 thousand from Rayak to the Sayyad roundabout in Beirut, and 10 thousand from Al-Dawar to Karantina, and at least 30,000 from Karantina to Tripoli.”
Many have been impoverished by the crisis. From “militaries” to employees of the public and private sectors, to contractors and the day-to-day army who try to pour out their diaries “in the best way,” says Sudanese cleaning worker Mahdi Ahmed Hassan, who earns one million pounds, of which 500,000 pounds “fly” instead of moving from Dahia to Hamra, The other 500,000 must suffice him for housing, food and drink allowances for each month. Therefore, he rented a house with a group of Sudanese youth “to pick up together and go out for a walk.” As for Louay, a worker of Syrian nationality, he decided to return to “sports”, as I spend “most trips on foot, as I have limited my work to a specific geographical area.”

Public transportation for “Al-Arkanin” only!

An “International Information” study estimated that the cost of leaving the house after the subsidy was lifted is between “200 and 400% than it was before the subsidy was lifted.” The study monitored the new transportation tariffs, although they are still within the framework of estimates, such as the cost of moving in a public car, which rose from 4 thousand to 25 thousand and in a public bus 5 thousand, 10 thousand and even 15 thousand instead of two thousand pounds previously. As for moving from Beirut to Tripoli, it costs 40,000 pounds, and from Beirut to Chtaura, 50,000 pounds.

According to the researcher in “International Information” Muhammad Shams El-Din, “The increase in transportation allowance from 8 to 24,000 pounds does not compensate for this increase in the cost of transportation. He pointed out that even within the city, the cost of transportation may reach more than 50,000 pounds per day.

According to Shadi Farag, founder of the “Passengers Rights” project, which aims to develop popular transportation, the percentage of those who depended on private cars before the crisis was about 80%, and those who depended on taxis were 18%, and those who took buses and vans constituted 1.7% of the population, while Less than 1% are pedestrians and cyclists. Combined transport is dedicated to “the transport of the poor and sweaty daily workers. Herein lies the problem.” Therefore, in Faraj’s view, this crisis represents an “opportunity to rehabilitate safe public transportation at a fair and acceptable cost for workers, students, and employees.”

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