Fuel price: ‘No increase in taxi fares yet’ Fuel price: ‘No increase in taxi fares yet’

2016-03-31 06:00
Motorists are disappointed at the news that petrol is likely to increase in a few weeks. PHOTOS: THABANG MATHEBULA

Motorists are disappointed at the news that petrol is likely to increase in a few weeks. PHOTOS: THABANG MATHEBULA

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IN spite of the fact that motorists may have to pay more for petrol next month, the increase definitely won’t impact KwaZulu-Natal’s taxi commuters before July.

South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) public relations officer in KZN Mandla Mzelemu said commuters who will be travelling in and out of the province over Easter and afterwards need not anticipate fare hikes due to possible petrol price increases at this stage. This will be the case even when the hike does become a reality, he added.

Mzelemu encouraged commuters to stick to their usual travelling budget and said they should alert Santaco or him personally if any association in the province adjusts its prices.

“There is no taxi association in the province that has authority to adjust taxi fares without authorisation from Santaco,” he said.

Mzelemu said if anyone became aware that an association had changed its fares, commuters should report this immediately to Santaco or directly to him at 083 349 0362.

He said July fare adjustments will be subject to a review and would only come into effect from July 1.

The panic among commuters follows a warning by the Institute of Race Relations that if the rand and oil prices remain at current levels, motorists could expect a fuel price hike of 41c/litre in April.

On top of that the increase in the fuel levy announced by the Finance minister in his recent budget speech could soon see motorists paying between 70c/litre and 80c/litre more for fuel.

• thabang.mathebula@witness.co.za

IN spite of the fact that motorists may have to pay more for petrol next month, the increase definitely won’t impact KwaZulu-Natal’s taxi commuters before July.

South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) public relations officer in KZN Mandla Mzelemu said commuters who will be travelling in and out of the province over the long weekends and afterwards need not anticipate fare hikes due to possible petrol price increases at this stage. This will be the case even when the hike does become a reality, he added.

Mzelemu encouraged commuters to stick to their usual travelling budget and said they should alert Santaco or him personally if any association adjusts its prices.

“There is no taxi association in the province that has authority to adjust taxi fares without authorisation from Santaco,” he said.

Mzelemu said if anyone became aware that an association had changed its fares, commuters should report this immediately to Santaco or directly to him at 083 349 0362.

He said July fare adjustments will be subject to a review and would only come into effect from 1 July.

The panic among commuters follows a warning by the Institute of Race Relations that if the rand and oil prices remain at current levels, motorists could expect a fuel price hike of 41c/litre in April.

On top of that the increase in the fuel levy announced by the Finance minister in his recent budget speech could soon see motorists paying between 70c/litre and 80c/litre more for fuel.

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