Mumbai auto rickshaws.
Mumbai's highest ever increase in taxi and auto rickshaw fares came into effect yesterday. The new rates are:
- Autos: 15 rupees minimum fare (1.5 kilometers), plus 9.87 rupees per kilometer after that.
- Taxis: 19 rupees minimum fare (1.5 kilometers), plus 12.35 rupees per kilometer after that.
The jump in fares doesn't make Mumbai the city with the most expensive transport in India -- according to this news report, Bangalore tops the list for auto rickshaws while Delhi has the costliest taxi fares. And, compared to some cities in India, drivers are relatively honest in Mumbai.
However, the fare increase has brought its share of problems and chaos, particularly because all meters have to be recalibrated. The transport department has set a 45 day deadline for this to happen. So far, little seems to have been done about it though. Some drivers are also using fake tariff cards and overcharging passengers, who remain confused about the new fares.
In order to overcome this, revised and accurate tariff cards are available from the Maharastra Motor Vehicles Department website for taxis and auto rickshaws. You can print them and carry them with you. They also show the 25% extra night charge from midnight until 5 a.m., which is handy if you're out late.
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