Commuters who opt for cabs will have to pay more from their pockets as the state government has fixed a minimum fare of Rs 44 on small cabs and Rs 80 for luxury cabs for the first four kilometers.
The government has issued an order to Karnataka State Transport Authority and all regional transport authorities fixing minimum and maximum prices for all air-conditioned and non-air conditioned cabs operating in the state.
Taxis operating in the cities have been split into four classes based on the cost of the vehicle and the fare has been fixed on that basis. Minimum fare for Class A taxis has been fixed at Rs 80, Rs 68 for Class B taxis, Rs 52 for Class C and Rs 44 for the Class D vehicle for the first four kilometers.
After the first four kilometers, Class A vehicles can charge up to Rs 45 per km with the minimum fare set at Rs 20. Similarly, the maximum fare for Class B vehicles will be Rs 34 per km and minimum will be Rs 16.
Under the Karnataka On-Demand Transportation Technologies Aggregators Rules, 2016, the government will be able to charge fares based on the price of vehicles.
Fixing minimum fare for their taxis was a long-pending demand of the drivers who were distraught after their earnings per month came down drastically due to several reasons.
Uber welcomes fare hike
Uber India has welcomed the effort made by the state government in revising the existing fare structure keeping in mind the interest of thousands of its driver partners.
Christain Freese, General Manager, South, Uber India, opined that the revision will help improve drivers’ earning and create sustainable livelihood opportunities.
We believe that dynamic pricing helps increase reliability for riders and improve asset utilization for driver partners.
Source:- Bangalore Mirror