Govt revises taxi fares

SHILLONG: The Cabinet on Monday revised the fares of tourist taxis, maxi cabs, local taxis and auto rickshaws and freight charges on goods carriers.
The existing fare structure has been in operation since 2011.
Home Minister James Sangma while justifying the hike, said, “There has been rise in the prices of spare parts, cost of vehicles, tax components, insurance etc.”
For five-seater vehicles costing upto Rs 6 lakh, the fare will be increased to Rs 18 per kilometre from Rs 15.50 with an extra charge of Rs 200 per 100 km for use of AC.
However, the home minister did not specify whether the hike will be effective for hired or shared vehicles.
For local taxis, the fare has been increased to Rs 26 from the present Rs 22 for the first km and Rs 13 for every subsequent km.
“Holding and detaining charge will be Rs 7 per 5 minutes,” the home minister said.

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