Karna govt fixes new fare structure for taxis operated by

The latest rule replaces it with a detailed fare structure that prescribes both minimum and maximum fares for cars classified into four categories based on their prices. DH file

Residents in K'taka may have to start shelling out more money on cabs now

The notification provides for a free waiting period of 20 minutes that will help commuters, while a charge of Rs 10 for every 15 minutes of waiting after this period will be allowed for operators.

Cars costing between Rs 5 and 10 lakh will attract a charge of Rs 52 for first four kilometres, with the same slab of dynamic pricing as in small vehicle category.

While for B category cabs costing between Rs 10 and 16 lakh, for the the first 4 km, charge will be Rs 68 and thereafter it will be minimum of Rs 16 to maximum of Rs 34 per km; For A category cabs costing above 16 lakh, for the first 4 km, charge will be Rs 80 and thereafter it will be minimum of Rs 20 to maximum of Rs 45 per km. The per km tariff for journeys beyond 4km will have to be within the minimum and maximum fares prescribed for each class in the notification.

Radio taxis, as defined in the Karnataka On-Demand Transportation Technology Aggregators Rules, will also be able to charge based on the price of the vehicles which have been classified into four classes.

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As per the fare chart, taxis priced below Rs 5 lakh fall in "D", the last category, will now charge Rs 44 for the first 4 km after which the fare per kilometre should be anything between Rs 11 and 22. According to the notification, the move has been taken after considering the fuel price hike, cost of vehicle and maintenance cost, among other things.

Residents of Bengaluru may now have to shell out a minimum fare of Rs 44 for small cabs and Rs 80 for bigger sedans. "It's a win-win situation for all", he told ET.

Asked when cab aggregators will adopt new fares, the Commissioner said, "New fares come into force today. The department is open to make any changes in the future, if required".

Explaining that the new fares will only benefit the aggregators, who can now play around with dynamic pricing up to the maximum price band all through the day, he said, "The government has done this just a few months before the elections to get on the good books of drivers and cab aggregators, while drivers do not stand to gain at all".

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"There is only a marginal difference in the revised fare structure as cab aggregators never followed the rule on maximum cap that was in place earlier".

"We drivers have not been consulted, despite repeated assurance from the government that they would involve us in fixing the new fare structure".

Two drivers working with cab aggregators said they earn as less as Rs 8/km at present, though the cars they drive cost about Rs 7 lakh. "The revision will help improve the earnings potential (of drivers) and create sustainable livelihood opportunities".

"While it is a step in the right direction, we believe dynamic pricing will help increase reliability for riders and improve asset utilisation for driver partners", said Christian Freese, GM-South, Uber India.

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