Most transport, taxi companies keep fares unchanged
Most coach and taxi companies in HCMC reported on Tuesday that they would keep fares unchanged though the cost of petrol went up again last Wednesday.
Nguyen Ngoc Thua, director of Mien Dong Coach Station in HCMC’s Binh Thanh District, said that as of on Tuesday afternoon, some 260 inter provincial transport firms operating at this eastern station had no plans to raise fares after the fuel price rise. Thua told the Daily that the station’s carriers did not want to raise fares mostly because they wanted to maintain passenger quantity during the low season. Several taxi companies in the city did not raise fares though petrol since last Wednesday has been raised from VND12,500 to VND13,500 per liter and diesel oil increased from VND11,000 to 11,500 per liter, according to the HCMC Taxi Association. Ta Long Hy, chairman of the city’s taxi association and director of VinaSun Taxi Company, told the Daily on Tuesday that the city had 22 taxi companies but most of them had announced that they did not plan to raise fares, except VinaSun Taxi and Mai Linh Taxi which both registered to raise fares by VND500 per kilometer on Monday. The city’s two largest taxi companies increased fares on four-seat taxis to VND11,000 per kilometer and on seven-seat taxis to VND10,500 per kilometer, Hy said. “It will take 5 to 7 days to complete the adjustments of the meters inside the vehicles of VinaSun Taxi,” he added. According to the association, the city’s taxi fleet is 7,000 cars including 2,500 of VinaSun and 2,000 of Mai Linh Taxi. As observed by the Daily on Tuesday, smaller taxi companies such as Hoan My and Future Star had not raised fares and were averaging VND9,000 per kilometer. (SGT)