Commuters will be spared from paying increased fares for fleet cab fares for a few more days.
Even as revised fares for radio cabs in the city come into effect from Monday, service providers have decided they will charge as per the new fare as and when the meters in their vehicles are recalibrated. This will help avoid the chaos witnessed after the hike in fares for black-and-yellow taxis and autos was implemented.
“To maintain commuter interest and transparency in the trade, Meru cabs would charge revised fare only for the taxi that have recalibrated meters. The meter recalibration will start from Tuesday and will finish by November 14,” said Siddhartha Pahwa, CEO Meru Cabs.
Other service providers issued similar statements. “We can’t use a tariff chart of the revised fare, so the new fare won’t be charged until the meters are recalibrated,” said Jagdish Purohit, managing director, Tab cabs.
The basic fare for fleet cabs has been increased by Rs3and the fare for every subsequent km has also been hiked by Rs3. For cars in the higher segment, Rs8-Rs12 lakh, the hike is by Rs4 (both basic and per-km).
Confirming the hike, an official from the RTO said: “Though the revised fare has been announced, it will take at least a week or so for its implementation,” Commuter activists said that black-and-yellow cabs and cool cabs should have also followed this system. “Drivers would not be interested in recalibrating their meters as they are already charging hiked fares,” said Varsha Raut, member, Mumbai Grahak Panchayat.