Cab fares up, no tariff card yet

  • HT Political Bureau, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Aug 03, 2009 01:22 IST

Hailing a cab will mean shelling out a little more than you did until a few days back.

A ride in black-and-yellow taxi has become dearer by Re 1 from Saturday. For air-conditioned CoolCabs, the hiked fare comes into effect from Monday.

However, the Traffic Department has not distributed updated tariff cards to taximen.

A senior Traffic Department official said they were yet to get the new tariff chart from the state Transport Authority.

Three years ago,  the Mumbai Taximen’s Union had declared that fares would not be hiked for another five years at least.

“We had promised that fares would not be hiked for five years. But now, with a hike in CNG prices, we are forced to demand a hike in fares,” said Anthony Quadros, general secretary of Mumbai Taximen’s Union.

Initially, the union had demanded a hike of Rs 2 in minimum fare — from Rs 13 to Rs 15 — with an increase of Rs 9.50 for every kilometre beyond that.

The union had threatened to go on strike from August 1 if its demands were not met.

The Transport Department, however, bargained for a rupee less in the minimum fare payable.

Presently, the minimum tariff has gone up from Rs 13 to Rs 14. As the meter rolls every unit, fare payable will go up by Rs 1.50.

Night charges will be 25 per cent more than the day fare.

The printed tariff cards for black and yellow cabs are not yet in circulation.

The tariff hike for CoolCabs will be decided on Monday, and it was unclear until Sunday when the printed versions would be available.

“The union has got what it wanted although the hike was not justified. Now, it should improve conditions of old taxis,” said consumer activist Shirish Deshpande who is associated with the Mumbai Grahak Panchyat, a consumer forum.

 

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