Operators counter fare deal
URBAN taxi operators have rejected the Transport Advisory Committee's (TAC) suggestion of raising the flagfall charge to $13.50 fearing it would deter passengers from taking short trips.
But the operators have called for a more subtle increase in fares totalling 22 per cent in an attempt to boost their revenue.
The operators, representing about 12,000 urban taxis, yesterday proposed raising fares by 20 cents for every 200 metres and every minute waiting.
And they suggested increasing the flagfall by $2 to $11, for the first two kilometres.
They also called for an increase on baggage and telephone booking surcharges by $1 each, and a new $2 surcharge for service between midnight and 6 am, to be imposed from July.
A TAC working group has suggested the flagfall increase to deter short distance journeys and reduce congestion.