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Meter taxis to charge Rs.2 more from 2nd Km onwards

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Meter taxi charges will be increased by Rs.2 per kilometre to keep up with the recent increase in fuel prices, the Association of Sri Lanka Metre Taxi Services said yesterday.

From today all vehicles coming under the association will continue to charge Rs.50 for the first kilometer. However the charge for the second kilometre will be increased from Rs.30 to Rs.32. “We needed to set up an association of our own to address the issues in the meter taxi industry. The meter taxi service had gone unnoticed for several decades but it is vital to recognise the metre taxi service as a growing industry,” the association’s Secretary R. P. Lal Kalinga said.

Out of 80 registered metre taxi companies in Sri Lanka, 30 of them were members of the association which was formed recently to develop the system in which the metre taxi tariffs would work. Most of the members belonging to the association run up to 800 such taxis which include three-wheelers, vans, cars and other vehicles with a metre service.

He said unlike the bus industry the metre taxi owners did not have any means of increasing fares and that the association had to come together to make a decision on the matter, resulting in losses. (Olindhi Jayasundere)

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  • Dee Friday, 17 February 2012 02:38 AM

    These people are doing a honest job, increase gladly accepted. even if it was more, their rates are cheaper than those rougues at the junctions. govt should ban non meter taxis altogether.

    China Pataus Friday, 17 February 2012 02:45 AM

    No meaning at all. In most of the taxis the meters are rigged. Specially the taxis on three wheel scooters. Well if the government rips off the citizens, why not the taxi drivers.

    Ramakumar Friday, 17 February 2012 03:11 AM

    very good decision. Before meter fixed to 3 wheelers, I don't use them, b,cause they cheat us by charging very high rate, now they do well and more people use meter taxi 3 wheel than normal 3 wheel. well done.

    Mfzansr Friday, 17 February 2012 04:00 AM

    exactly. Since they have a bisis for the fair they are charging, i'm ok with that. and a 2/= increase per km is not a big thing at all.

    asoka abeywardena Friday, 17 February 2012 04:09 AM

    private three wheelers opposite vogue jewelers and next to food city changed his meter from 50 to 57.50 for the first kilometer and 35 to 37.50 from the second kilometer the very first day. even before the private buses increase the bus fare. these pirvate three wheelers just do as they want...who is going to question them...? totally agree with the meter taxi company...they really do a very good service...and hope they will continue this good practice forever.

    Aadil Friday, 17 February 2012 04:33 AM

    They were the only ones which were left behind and indeed this also has happened :)

    reader Friday, 17 February 2012 05:51 AM

    for short distances try to walk if not in an emergency good for health and good for the pocket

    Shanaka Friday, 17 February 2012 06:30 AM

    People if you didn't know, most meter taxi's charge 35/= per km, they can alter the meter to the price they want, so next time you go in one watch the meter & you will see as you come to 1 km you will see if they are charging you 30/= or 35/= per km, I know they alter the meter co's I was told & shown by a meter taxi guy.

    Nan Friday, 17 February 2012 08:05 AM

    very modest and acceptable increase...

    Zscore Friday, 17 February 2012 08:25 AM

    Quite acceptable. These guys are quite fair and I use them a lot. Will gladly pay the extra Rs.2 because it is quite reasonable. Taxis without meters have increased their fair by Rs 20 for distances less than 3km. Per liter they can run over 15km!!

    RUFUS Friday, 17 February 2012 09:07 AM

    All three wheel drivers should be in uniforms. That attire itelf gives confidence to people who use three wheels on daily basis. Specially it is discourages to see dirty three wheel drivers with sarong, When you ask them how much they look at you and quote a price. If these three wheeler taxis are going to serve the public the association should have a price breakdown posted on each three wheel. Sometimes the driver and the passenger gets into an argument on the fare. So we also need some good driving . WE ASK THE THREE WHEEL ASSOCIATIONS TO FIX METERS TO ALL THREE WHEEL TO BE COMPULSORY AND THIS COULD BE DONE ONLY AT THE TIME OF REVENUE LICENSE RENEWAL TIME.


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