No taxi fare increase in PMB this year

2015-07-23 06:01
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The annual taxi increase that was supposed to come into effect this month will no longer be implemented in PMB this year.

PHOTO: file The annual taxi increase that was supposed to come into effect this month will no longer be implemented in PMB this year.

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WITH an estimated 29 cents a litre fuel cut next month, there is more good news for Pietermaritzburg residents with the annual taxi fare increase not coming into effect this year.

Umgungundlovu Regional One Taxi Council chairperson Bheki Sokhela said with the fluctuating petrol price, as Umgungundlovu region they have decided not to apply the annual R1 increase that was supposed to come into effect this month.

“While the petrol price remains unstable because of fluctuations, as people in the taxi industry in the city we have decided against the increase. We set down and considered that since petrol has dropped several times we also need to do something.

“Since we put our commuters’ interest at heart, we looked at ways in which we can reduce the burden and this is why we have come to such a decision,” said Sokhela.

This year’s decision will not affect next year’s annual increase as it will still increase by R1.

Nokwazi Msane, a commuter who travels from Elandskop to town every day said this is a relief.

“Travelling from Elandskop to town costs me R18 so I have to have R36 daily. If the increase had come into effect this year, I would pay about R40. This is great news for all of us.”

“We are grateful there won’t be any increase this year. However, in future we feel that taxi owners should consult commuters before implementing the increase to prevent unnecessary protests.” said Fano Mbatha from Sobantu

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