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State committee proposes fare for rickshaws and cabs

The panel has recommended base fare at ₹14 and maximum at ₹38, thus suggesting a cap on surge pricing. The panel headed by retired bureaucrat BC Khatua submitted its report to state transport department on September 28

pune Updated: Oct 26, 2017 17:37 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Report states that there will be regular rates up to 8km and reduction in 15% in the basic fare from distance of 8.1 km to 12 km and reduction of 20% for distances beyond 12 km.(HT FILE PHOTO)

A four-member panel, appointed by the Maharashtra government to determine optimal fare structure for taxis, autos and cab aggregators such as Ola and Uber, has recommended a starting fare of ₹19 for auto rickshaws in (currently ₹18). If the government accepts the report submitted by the panel, fares of rickshaws in Pune will go up by ₹1 for two first kilometres.

For app-based platforms, the panel has recommended base fare at ₹14 and maximum at ₹38, thus suggesting a cap on surge pricing. The panel headed by retired bureaucrat BC Khatua submitted its report to state transport department on September 28 . The report, available on the transport department’s website, also proposes amendments to the Maharashtra City Taxi Rules issued by the state government in March this year, including a recommendation to do away with the provision of at least 30% taxis with at least 1400cc (engine capacity) in the overall fleet.

Pune has around 45,000 autorickshaws, with Ola and Uber mobile app cabs operating in city.Report gives relief for long distance commuters.Report states that there will be regular rates up to 8km and reduction in 15% in the basic fare from distance of 8.1 km to 12 km and reduction of 20% for distances beyond 12 km.In determining the minimum fare for the taxis and cabs in Pune and region.The panel took into account the Consumer Price Index (CPI) value for industrial workers in Pune for June 2017 is 274 and estimated that the cost of living of a taxi or auto-rickshaw driver in Pune would be ₹13,998 per month.

Panel categories three types of cab,as per the new fare structure, basic cab models can levy rates anywhere between ₹14 and ₹26, midsize cabs, on the other hand, will be allowed to charge ₹16 to 32. Premium cars can have rates ranging from ₹16 to 38. The Khatua committee was formed in October 2016 to come up with a revised fare policy for taxis and autorickshws operating in Maharashtra and also recommend the minimum and maximum fare that app-based taxis run on aggregator platforms can be allowed to charge. A senior transport department official, who did not want to be named, said the government is in the process of studying the recommendations.

First Published: Oct 26, 2017 17:37 IST