Taxi operators are still unaware of the revised fare
Despite the prices for the fuel being reduced drastically yet commuters are paying the same fare for the taxis. The taxi operators claimed that they were unaware of the revised fare.
Most of the taxi operators are not well informed about the revised fare fixed by the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) on December 1st this year.
The Government has announced the price reduction on petrol and diesel on 11th November this year and it is said that, it is the gift from a throne to the general public for their benefit.
However, the price of diesel and petrol has come down drastically still there is no change in the rate of taxi fare within the Thimphu municipality. People here in Thimphu are paying same fare for the taxis despite of revised price fixed by the RSTA.
Tashi Dorji, a commuter said, he is paying Nu.80 till heart of Thimphu town from Changzamtog as there is no city bus services. When he asked about the revised rate to taxi drivers, drivers are saying they haven’t heard any revised rate.
It has been months from the time when the Government has announced the price reduction in the petrol and diesel and still there is no change in the rate of taxi fare. “It would be good for the people who travel daily for work if RSTA could investigate on rate of fare.”
As per the revised rate fixed by RSTA for the buses and taxis, the revised rate for taxi is Nu.18 per km and Nu.1.46 per km for buses. Before it was Nu. 20 for taxis and Nu.1.56 for the buses per kilometre.
Dorji Wangchuk from Thimphu Taxi Tshogpa said, he was not informed by the RSTA about the revised rate and he is not aware about it. Neither had he received any information nor asked to take action on the revised rate.
Dorji Wangchuk said that during the former Government, they received a book about the rates and said that the rate book is still with him. Serving as Tshogpa for almost 15 years, he said that they should call him for the discussion about the revised rate but RSTA didn’t give any notification about it.
Meanwhile, Kinley, 33 years old taxi driver said, to implement theoretically is fine but when it comes practically they are facing problem with the rate of the taxi which are fixed by RSTA.
Kinley said that to drive passenger for Nu. 18 for a kilometre is just a waste of fuel and time and it will be total waste for us. “It will be better for us if RSTA could keep rate at Nu. 80 per kilometre at maximum.” People can travel at the rate of Nu. 80 till four kilometres and exceeding four kilometre again to charge extra, he added.
Chief Transport Officer with Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) Karma Pemba said, the RSTA had informed general public about the revised rate through media and social media too but he added that he is in doubt how it come that the taxi drivers didn’t hear about the revised rate.
Karma Pemba said that for the buses they are charging with the revised price only because we can watch from the bus terminal and keep account but for those taxis especially local one it’s quite challenging to keep a watch because we cannot reach individual taxi to investigate and charge them.
However, he said, it is the responsibility of the people to lodge complaint to RSTA if they are being charged more by the taxi. Instead they keep shouting about the rate without approaching concern authority.
“I suggest general public to lodge complaint in written form so that they can charge particular taxi driver with evidence and prof or else they can even download mobile Apps called Druk Transport for the rate,” he added.
Further, Karma Pemba said that, it will take some time to change as it was implemented recently and they are going to review on this matter.
It is the responsibility of the people to lodge complaint to RSTA if they are being charged more by the taxi. Instead they keep shouting about the rate without approaching concern authority.