ANDHRA PRADESH

Now hire taxi at Rs.10 a km

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The State Government has through an order issued recently, made it mandatory that all the 2,500-odd metered taxis in the twin cities and its surroundings will not collect more than Rs.10 per km.

This excludes the category of ‘Radio Taxis’.

Also, regardless of the company they belonged to, they should have the words ‘City Cabs’ prominently displayed on top of the vehicles.

With a minimum fare of Rs. 20 for the first 2 km, they can now only charge Rs. 10 per additional km, said Transport Commissioner J. Raymond Peter, at a press conference here on Tuesday.

Amendment

He said that the decision was taken following amendments made to an earlier order of last year.

At a meeting of taxicab operators, he said he had conveyed the Government’s decision, after hearing the version of the operators. He said some of them had already implemented.

The rest had asked for 10 days time because the meters had to be reset, Mr. Peter said.

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