The committee appointed to work out a formula for auto/taxi tariff hikes will also derive a formula to calculate the per passenger fares for share-a-taxi and share-an-auto schemes, according to VN More, transport commissioner.
The one-man panel, headed by former transport secretary PMA Hakim, is scheduled to interact with all the stakeholders on Thursday.
This will be the first such exercise in 40 years.
The formula that is currently used for share-a-taxi schemes has been in use since 1972, according to AL Quadros, taximen’s union leader. The same formula was adopted when the share-an-auto schemes were introduced in the 1980s. The per passenger fare is arrived at by dividing the maximum tariff on the designated route by three, and the driver gets up to 33% as his profit on each trip. For autos, the fare is collected from three passengers, while for taxis, it is collected from four.
The share-a-taxi scheme is limited to certain routes in south and central Mumbai, but there are a large number of share-an-auto routes in the suburbs. More than 50 routes were added in the suburbs last two years. "The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Transport Authority' (MMRTA) sanction is needed to start new share-a-taxi or auto schemes," he added.
Currently, there are approximately 41,000 taxis and 1.08 lakh autos in the city. Currently, the per passenger fare for the share-a-taxi scheme is arrived at by dividing the route fare by 3. For example if the actual CST-Cuffe Parade fare is Rs 30, it is divided by 3 to get Rs 10. This is collected from four passengers.
In the case of autos, 33% is added to the actual route fare.