The Maharashtra government has permitted hikes in autorickshaw and taxi fares with a caveat that the cabbies will provide enhanced services to the customers. The new cab/auto fares have come into effect from today.
The move pre-empts a strike threatened by around 55,000 cabbies from Sunday midnight that would have crippled the country’s commercial capital.
The commuters will have to shell out a minimum fare of Rs 19 (from existing Rs 17) for the regular non-air-conditioned taxis and Rs 23 (from existing Rs 21) for air-conditioned taxis.
Similarly, the new fare for the autorickshaws has gone up from Rs 12 to Rs 15 in Mumbai, and from Rs 15 to Rs 19 in Bhiwandi-Kalyan towns of Thane district where petrol auto-rickshaws ply.
The government has also permitted proportionate hikes in luggage and night service charges.
The cabbies had demanded a minimum fare of Rs 20 for the first mile (nearly 1.6 km).
With the new fare--there’s a chance of being ripped off by unscrupulous cabbies and autowallahs who are yet to acquire the new tariff cards. So, keep copies of the revised fare cards. You can download the new taxi tariff card from here and the new auto tariff card from here.