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Waiting charges for cabs, auto-rickshaws hiked in Mumbai, neighbouring cities

India Today logo India Today 01-03-2021 Vidya
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Waiting charges for auto-rickshaws and taxis have been hiked in Maharashtra's Mumbai and neighbouring cities, days after the government hiked fares as a result of rising fuel prices.

The waiting charge has been increased by 18 per cent for an auto-rickshaw. The charges earlier were Rs 1.20 per minute and it has now increased to Rs 1.42 per minute. Meanwhile, the waiting charge for a taxi has been increased by 13 per cent. It was Rs 1.50 per minute earlier and now it is Rs 1.70 per minute.

Waiting charges apply when a vehicle is stationary at any point — traffic signal, traffic jam, etc, — after a trip has started.

The recalibration of meters in accordance with the new tariff will be done in phases till May 30. This will be done for all auto-rickshaws and cabs across Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai.

Until then, passengers will have to refer to the new tariff cards that the drivers have. Passengers can access them on their mobile phone from the transport department's website.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Transport Authority (MMRTA) had issued an order for increasing cab and auto-rickshaw fares, which came into effect from March 1.

The minimum fare for travelling 1.5 km in auto-rickshaws has been increased to Rs 21 from Rs 18.

Thereafter, the per-kilometre rate has been increased to Rs 14.20 from the present Rs 12.19.

The minimum fare for the taxis has now increased to Rs 25 from Rs 22, and the per km rate has gone up to Rs 16.93 from Rs 14.84.

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