Taxi fare increases a surprise

2016-09-21 06:00

IMAGINE my surprise and the surprise of other commuters when I paid my usual R9 taxi fare on Monday morning only to be told that the fare had increased to R10.

I questioned when we were notified and was told there had been notices in taxis two weeks ago.

Obviously I, and many commuters, must have been blind because we never saw any notification.

On the way back home that afternoon, there were suddenly visible notices in the taxis.

Give us ample notice about an increase as you need us more than we need you. You transport us in vehicles that should have been scrapped years ago. Nothing worked in the taxi I travelled in [on Monday] - there were no handles to wind the windows up or down and the heat, petrol gauge and speedometer were all non-functional.

According to an article in The Witness in June, the taxi association was to give notice of fare increases to commuters before 1 July or else it could only increase fares in July 2017.

So where is the fairness in this increase?



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