Saturday, 7 June 2008

Price Hike for Ipoh Taxi - The Right Choice?

Having read this article, I was moved by the fact that taxi drivers in Ipoh are suffering and they have to increase their taxi fare starting today. I don't know what is going on with them. As far as I know, they have been warned by Transport Ministry that any increase in the taxi fare will see that their licence will be revoked by the Ipoh Council. The question is why are they going head on to impose the RM1 surcharge on customers? It is bad enough where one person would have to pay the minimum RM4 for the first two kilometres but now...RM5 for the first two kilometres? That is just too much!

Before I pursure further, one would have to know the real situation in Ipoh. Normally, taxi drivers in Ipoh will not use the meter to calculate the correct fare. What they would do is to actually get four person who has no connection with each other to board the taxi. Taxi drivers will charge them per head. That is the normal case in Ipoh. There are also taxi drivers who would charge customers using the meter. For those taxi drivers who use meter will most probably lose out to those taxi drivers who does not want to use meter to charge customers because customers will be more delighted to use taxi which does not use the meter as it is cheaper for them. What those taxi drivers will do is to charge according to an estimate and not the real journey. This is rather different.

As far as I am concern, it is quite obvious that taxi who is using diesel will benefit from the fleet card as they have subsidies but not for taxi who is still using petrol. I would recommend taxi to be converted to use LPG because it is half the price of petrol and diesel. We do see that petrol used to be more expensive than diesel but lately, diesel is more expensive than petrol now. What a contrast!!!

I do believe that those taxi drivers from Ipoh had no choice but they have to impose a surcharge of RM1 on the journey because they had to. Otherwise, they will not be able to survive in this competitive world.

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