City taxi unions will decide on Wednesday whether to strike in protest of the Re1 tariff hike suggested by the state government. Auto unions too said they would decide on what to do in next few of days.
Taxi unions in the city will meet on October 3 at Opera House and discuss their course of action. “Taxi drivers are agitated and want to withdraw the services due to the losses they are incurring. We will not oppose their move, but support them,” said AL Quadros, Mumbai Taximens Union leader.
Taxi unions are demanding that the Hakim committee report be implemented without any changes, which could lead to the increase of minimum taxi fare from Rs17 to Rs. 20. However, the state government has suggested a minimum fare hike of Rs. 1 and Rs 1.50 for every kilometer after that.
Taxi unions met transport commissioner VN More on Monday to state their demands. “We explained to them how the tariff was drawn. They seemed satisfied with the explanation,” said More.
The Swabhiman taxi-rickshaw union has demanded that the minimum taxi fare be hiked by Rs1.50, half of what the Hakim committee recommended. “If the government does not agree, we will oppose the hike but in what way will be discussed later,” said KK Tiwari, president of the union.
Shashank Rao, assistant general secretary of the Mumbai Autorickshaw Men's Union said, “We are studying the government resolution and will give our response in the next few days.”
Taxi Fare hike recommendations
Taxi unions are demanding a fare hike of Rs. 3, as recommended by Hakim committee report.
This will raise the minimum distance fare to Rs. 20 from Rs. 17
State government has suggested a minimum fare hike of Rs. 1 and Rs. 1.50 per additional km on September 28
On October 3, taxi unions will meet at Opera House to decide whether to hold a protest.
How it affects you? If government implements the hike, you will end up paying Rs. 18 instead of Rs. 17. This will be the second hike in 2012 after the minimum distance fare was raised to Rs. 17 in March.