TAXI commuters should brace themselves for a fare increase after the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) announced it was hiking taxi fares nationally on 1 July.Santaco KZN spokesperson Mandla Mzelemu said local and long-distance commuters all over the country would be affected by the increase. However, Mzelemu said the looming increase had nothing to do with the fuel price hikes expected next week. He said Santaco had taken a resolution to review taxi fares annually to prevent reactive increases as was the custom in previous years. “In the past years, taxi associations would increase taxi fares constantly as the fuel price increased. Under the new policy, we review taxi fares at this time of year annually, and not because of petrol increases, but for control and order purposes,” he said.Mzelemu said the increases would be determined by juristiction and distance. “The roads and distances are not the same. “Locals can expect to pay R1 more. “Should any taxi association miss the commencement date for the increase, they will not be allowed to implement any increases until next year,” he said.