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A 21% increase in taxi fares has been agreed between the city government and the taxi union. The increase will come into effect in two steps: tariffs will increase by 10% at the end of June and rise cumulatively by another 10% in October. The move coincides with the increase in subte fares from $2.50 to $3.50 due to take effect later this month.
In June, the current starting rate of $9.10 will rise to $10, and every 200m will cost $1. From October, the starting fee will rise from $10 to $11, and every 200m will cost $1,10.
The night rate, which runs from 10pm to 6am will also be affected. In accordance with the first round of increases, as of June the starting rate of $11 will rise to $12.10 whilst the cost of travelling 200m will rise to $1.21. As of October, these values with rise to $13.10 and $1.31 respectively.
Subject to approval by public hearing in the month of April or May, the proposed increase ought to take effect at the end of June.
The government has justified the increase on the following grounds: the increase in the maintenance costs the cars, the effects of inflation on taxi drivers’ salaries and renovations to the taxi fleet.
In accordance with the governments’ targets to adjust salaries by 20%, the taxi drivers will see their wages rise from a minimum of $5,278 per month to $5,800 as of June. This in turn will rise to $6,380 in October.
Over the last 10 years the rubric of tariff rates has increased cumulatively by more than 570%.