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Minimum fare of fleet taxis hiked by Rs2

The minimum fare of air-conditioned fleet taxis operating in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) has gone up by Rs2. However, rates for the subsequent kilometres remain unchanged.

mumbai Updated: Jan 02, 2015 00:26 IST
Kailash Korde

The minimum fare of air-conditioned fleet taxis operating in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) has gone up by Rs2. However, rates for the subsequent kilometres remain unchanged.

This means passengers will have to shell out minimum of Rs29 instead of the existing Rs27 for the first 1.6km. Operators can charge the new fare only after recalibration of their electronic meters.

The state transport authority, a quasi-judicial body chaired by transport secretary Shailesh Kumar Sharma, has approved the fare hike for all fleet cabs being operated under the fleet taxi scheme, 2007, and phone fleet taxi scheme, 2010.

At present, there are about 5,500 registered fleet taxis, but less than 4,000 ply on the roads.

The Association of Radio Cab Operators (ARCO) had been demanding that the minimum fare be increase by at least Rs5, along with revision of waiting charges. They also wanted to increase the minimum distance to 5km from existing 1.6km.

The state government then appointed a committee chaired by additional transport commissioner Satish Sahastrabudhe to come up with a formula to revise the fare of fleet taxis. The panel had recommended that the minimum distance should be 5km, with corresponding fare of Rs90-100.