A ride in a Meru cab, one of Mumbai’s biggest radio taxi operators, has become costlier.
On august 15, a hike in tariffs came into effect and the fares have gone up by an average of 10%.
The initial base fare has increased from Rs 22 to Rs 24, while the subsequent fares have upped from Rs 15 to Rs 17. This could lead to a hike in tariffs by other radio cab operators as well.
So far, 400 cabs, of Meru’s fleet of 2,100, have recalibrated their meters, i.e, adjusted them according to the new fares. The hike will be implemented on the rest of the cabs too, within a few weeks.
The hike was approved after the company wrote to the transport department, asking for a revision in fares.
As per the rules, the fares depend on the cost of the vehicle. The cost also includes additional elements fitted in the vehicle, like the CNG kit, Global Position System (GPS), meters and printers.
The higher the cost of the vehicle, the more the tariff slab would be.
“We started this service four years back at a lower fare than what is applicable for the vehicle. Now that there is demand for fleet cabs, we asked that our slabs be revised,” said Rajesh Puri, CEO, Meru Cabs.
Currently, the company plies Maruti Esteem, Mahindra Logan and Tata Indigo cars.