THE New Year is here . . . and it means higher household bills and transport fares around the territory. Flagfalls for urban taxis increase from $11.50 to $13, with each subsequent 200 metres or one minute of waiting time at $1.10 instead of $1. New Territories taxis are raising their flagfalls from $10 to $11, adding $1 thereafter. Towngas has raised service charges to $8 and increased gas charges by six per cent. But the elderly will get a 50 per cent discount on the first 150 units consumed each month.