KATHMANDU, Jan 10: Cabs operating in Bagmati Province are increasing their fares by around 20 percent effective from January 15 after the provincial authorities accredited the brand new fare charges.

According to the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Transport of Bagmati Province, the minimum charge for a taxi ride has been fastened at Rs 60. The passenger shall be charged extra Rs 9.80 each 200 meters of journey.

As of now, passengers should pay a minimum cost of Rs 50 and Rs 8.80 every 200 meters of distance traveled. According to the new fare price, the minimum charge will go up by Rs 10 whereas the passengers have to pay an extra Rs 5 per kilometer. The final time taxi fare was increased was in September 2019 when the cab operators increased the fares by over 10 %.

The government has made it necessary for cab operators to use taxi meters whereas revising the journey fares. Likewise, the cab operators are supposed to provide the passengers with a visiting card which has printed details like taxi registration quantity and phone variety of the cab driver, among different info.

Citing rising costs, taxi drivers have lengthy been demanding the government to boost the fares. After the government allowed the operators of public buses to increase their price by 23 p.c last October, taxi drivers even launched protests to pressure the federal government to fulfill their wish list.  

Bowing all the method down to the cab operators, the federal government consented to hike the taxi fares at a time when the service seekers are on the receiving end, pressured to pay exorbitant fares as the cab drivers refuse to go by the meter. Many taxi drivers are even found tampering with the taximeters so that they’ll even surcharge the passengers. 

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