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Hike in fares proposed for autorickshaws, taxis

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Minimum fare for autos to be Rs.12

Thiruvananthapuram: An understanding was reached to revise the fares of autorickshaws and taxi cars, subject to the Cabinet’s approval, at a meeting of those concerned here on Tuesday.

The revised fares proposed for autorickshaws are as follows: minimum charge – Rs.12; running charge per km – Rs.6; and charge for waiting for over ten minutes – Rs.5 for every 15 minutes, subject to a maximum of Rs.200 per day.

The revised fares proposed for taxi and tourist cars are as follows: minimum charge – Rs.65; running charge per km – Rs.7.50; and charge for waiting – Rs.25 per hour, subject to a maximum of Rs.300 per day.

The meeting was convened by Transport Minister Mathew T. Thomas and attended by trade union leaders and the representatives of autorickshaw and taxi owners’ organisations. The discussions were based on the recommendations made by a committee consisting of the Transport Secretary, the Transport Commissioner and the STA Secretary and a study conducted by NATPAC.

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