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No taxi fare hike on the cards

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This follows an announcement by the AA that motorists should anticipate a record-breaking fuel hike on November 1.

THE KIMBERLEY Local Taxi Association (KLTA) has confirmed that there is no planned taxi fare hike.

This follows an announcement by the Automobile Association of South Africa that motorists should anticipate a record-breaking fuel hike on November 1.

The price of a litre of fuel inland (95 ULP) will have increased from R14.86 per litre in January 2021 to R19.30 a litre in November 2021.

The hikes in diesel and illuminating paraffin are expected to be the largest in South African history. Diesel and illuminating paraffin will increase by a whopping R1.42 per litre, bringing the price of Diesel to R17 a litre.

The KLTA said that it was decided after careful consultation among the different taxi associations not to increase fares.

KLTA deputy chairperson David Lebona said on Thursday that it was “too risky” to increase the prices considering the challenges the economy has been undergoing.

He said it was unwise to take the risk of losing more commuters.

“We can’t increase the prices. It won’t be fair on the commuters and on us. Every price increase has led to losses,” said Lebona.

He said the last taxi fare hike they implemented five years ago had resulted in losses.

“The increase was from R10 to R12. Before the increase we could ferry three loads to town during the morning rush. Those three decreased to one load in the morning.

“We agreed with other associations that we will not be increasing the fares. Not after what everyone went through due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

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