After fare hike, app-based cabs, tourist buses cheaper than taxis

  • Kailash Korde, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 15, 2015 00:36 IST

After the fare hike for autos and taxis comes into effect, you can enjoy the comforts of air-conditioned app-based cabs for the same charge you will pay for an autorickshaw at night.For the night-time fare of cool cabs, you can book an AC mini bus.

Effective from June 1, the minimum fares for autorickshaws will be Rs18, and Rs12.18 for every subsequent kilometre. Back-and-yellow taxis will cost you Rs22 for one kilometre, and Rs14.84 after that. At night, you will have to shell out 25% more.

Before that, the fare of fleet cabs will go up. Depending upon the price of the taxi, the fare will be between Rs90 and Rs100 for a minimum distance of 4km and Rs22 to Rs25 for every subsequent kilometre. According to unofficial calculations, at night, the basic fare of cool cabs will be around Rs35.

Experts and RTO officials said the steep fare hike will end up benefitting taxi aggregators, who offer air-conditioned service, with app-based booking, GPS tracking and other facilities at lower prices.

“Once the latest fare is effective, people will start switching to cabs such as Ola and Uber, who are offering competitive rates and are much more comfortable than black-and-yellow taxis and autorickshaws,” said a transport expert. He said the business of fleet taxis business will be the worst hit.

Commuters have already started shifting to taxi aggregators. “For the five-kilometre distance my wife travels between Goregaon and Malad, an autorickshaw charges Rs75 while a taxi asks for Rs300. I now book an Ola cab for her, which costs me Rs100. The car comes to my doorstep and there is no trouble of fare refusals,” said Jayesh Patil, who lives in Goregaon.

Transport department officials also pointed to the huge fare disparity between taxis and tourist cabs.

“If tourist cabs can afford to offer a per-kilometre fare of Rs11, why can’t regular cabbies go the same distance even for Rs20?” said a senior motor vehicle department official, requesting anonymity.

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