District taxi fares to go up

2012-05-23 00:00

THE uMgungundlovu Regional Taxi Council is increasing taxi fares by R1 for local trips and between R2 and R3 for longer distances in the district.

The council has 40 associations affiliated to it within the uMgungundlovu district. The increase in taxi fares is effective from June 1.

The chairperson of the council, Nazir Khan, announced at a press conference yesterday that members had put notices of the new fares in their taxis.

“We had consultations with the Public Transport Passengers’ Association [PTPA] regarding the fare and we agreed that R1 is reasonable. But for some long-distance areas fares will increase by R2 to R3,” said Khan.

He said members had differed about how much the fares should go up by.

“We showed our concern for the commuters. Some are unemployed and some are underpaid, but they need to get to their destinations, so we concluded that this price would be fair.”

Khan said there were no subsidies from the government and that is why they have to raise prices every year.

The PTPA’s Jerome Ziqubu said: “We want them to make sure that the taxis are in good condition and there is good communication between drivers and commuters.

“We are making sure that commuters get the treatment they deserve.

“We increase fares annually in June. We don’t go up or down with fluctuating petrol prices.

“We are running the business at a loss because everything we do on the taxis, like maintenance, is expensive and we have to support our families.”

Some commuters said they would feel the pinch of the price hike, while others said it was long overdue following recent increases in the price of petrol.

After months of hikes, the price of petrol is set to fall next month.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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