Maharashtra panel on taxi fare recommends cap on surge pricing | Livemint

“At this time it would be premature to comment on the merit of the recommendations but the government is keen to accept all such recommendations which offer multiple choices to the commuters and also help create a level-playing field among old operators like autorickshaws and kaali-peeli taxis and new entrants like Ola and Uber, especially in cities like Mumbai and Pune,” the official said.

The panel has recommended a starting fare of Rs19 for autorickshaws in Mumbai (currently Rs18) and Rs23 for kaali-peeli taxis (currently Rs22). For app-based platforms, the minimum starting fare has been recommended at Rs14 and maximum at Rs38, thus suggesting a cap on surge pricing.

Mumbai has around 139,000 autorickshaws, while another 194,000 operate in the metropolitan area beyond Mumbai. Around 56,000 kaali-peeli taxis operate in Mumbai and nearly 8,000 more in the rest of Maharashtra.

The panel has also recommended happy hour pricing for the kaali-peeli taxis and auto-rickshaws in Mumbai in “the lean hours” from noon to 4 pm, during which they can reduce their fare by 15%.

In determining the minimum fare for the kaali-peeli taxis and auto-rickshaws in Mumbai and the metropolitan region, the panel took into account the cost of living of a taxi driver in Mumbai as based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for industrial workers. The panel took into account the CPI value for industrial workers in Mumbai for June 2017–290– and estimated that the cost of living of a taxi or auto-rickshaw driver in Mumbai would be Rs15,470 per month.

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