Cabinet nod for auto, taxi fare hike

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Announcement in Assembly today

The Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to revise taxi and autorickshaw fares. The official announcement will be made in the Assembly by Transport Minister A.K. Saseendran on Thursday.

Accordingly, the minimum fare of autorickshaws will go up from the existing ₹20 to ₹25 and that of taxi cars from ₹150 to ₹175.

After the minimum fare of ₹25 fixed for 1.5 km, autorickshaws can charge ₹13 for every subsequent km. In the case of taxis, the minimum fare of ₹175 will be for 5 km and every subsequent km will cost the traveller ₹17. The fares for night travel and waiting charge will also go up.

Commission report

The Cabinet decision is based on the report of a four-member committee headed by former judge of the High Court M. Ramachandran on fare revision and the recommendation of the Transport Commissionerate. The committee had recommended an increase in minimum auto fare to ₹30 for 1.5 km and that of taxis to ₹200 for 5 km. The Cabinet did not fully accept the fare hike proposed by the committee and the commissionerate.

Taxi union representatives, who demanded an increase in minimum running charges, wanted ₹450 to be the minimum charge for 10 km for vehicles below 1,500 cc and ₹24 for each extra km.

For vehicles above 1,500 cc, they demanded an extra charge of ₹30, while traditional taxis demanded only ₹20.

Taxi and auto workers had been demanding an increase in fares in view of the over 80% hike in fuel prices, 50% in insurance rate, 40% in spare parts, and 20% in labour charges since 2014.

Besides, Mr. Ramachandran, former Director of National Transportation Planning and Research Centre T. Elangovan, and government nominee K. Niyati were the members and Transport Commissioner K. Padmakumar the member-secretary. The taxi and auto fares were last hiked on October 1, 2014.

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