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Firms want to raise taxi fares

Update: May, 07/2015 - 17:36


A taxi picks up a passenger at Noi Bai International Airport. — Photo


HA NOI (VNS) — The Ha Noi Taxi Association has received proposals from local firms to raise fares due to the RON 92 petrol price hike on Tuesday, the Giao thong (Transport) newspaper reported.


The petrol price has been increased by nearly VND2,000 to reach VND19,200 (US$0.89) per litre.

President of the taxi association Do Quoc Binh said the taxi firms wanted to increase the fares by about VND500 to VND1,000 per kilometre.

"I think it is suitable," he said. It was up to each firm to decide when they wanted to increase the fares, he said.

President of HCM City's Taxi Association Ta Long Hy said the petrol price has been increased for the second time since March.

"It affected the business activities of taxi firms," he said.

According to the finance ministry's price management department, fuel costs accounted for 25 to 35 per cent of the taxi fares. The petrol price has increased by about 22 per cent since early this year, compared to the period before Tet (Lunar New Year).

A taxi driver of Phu Dong Taxi Firm said as the petrol price has increased by about 22 per cent, taxi fares might be increased by nearly VND1,000 per kilometre.

Communications Director of Mai Linh Taxi Company Nguyen Van Hung said the firm was yet to decide on any fare increase. — VNS

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