No increase to taxi fares

2018-10-10 06:03


MINIBUS taxis operating within uMgungundlovu­ District will not be increasing their fares as there was already a hike of R1 in August.

Yesterday the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) regional chairperson Bheki Sokhela said they were only allowed to have one fee increase annually.

“We had one in August but now we have to swallow the stone until next year because it would be unfair to our passengers to subject them to another increase because of the 99 cents petrol hike,” he said.

The sharp petrol price increase, to R16,49/litre, kicked in yesterday with petrol stations starting to run out on Tuesday night.

Sokhela said 2018 has been a difficult year for the taxi industry as fuel has already increased more than three times without any considerable price decreases.

“The profits have been dwindling because everything has become so expensive with the 15% VAT and so forth ... From this week the writing is on the wall and everyone knows that we are not going to be making any profits at all.”

He said Santaco was supporting the mounting calls for government to review the fuel levies as that could lead to more affordable petrol prices.

“We are really feeling the pinch because you must remember that when fuel prices go up, everything else increases, so maintaining our cars has also become more expensive,” said Sokhela.

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