HCMC taxis yet to effect fare cuts announced after gasoline price fall

Many taxi firms last week announced plans to cut fares in the wake of the repeated cuts in retail gasoline prices but most of them are yet to do so.


SGGP correspondents boarded a Savico taxi from Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street, District 3 to Tan Son Nhat hotel in Phu Nhuan district last Monday and found the fare to be still VND12,000 a kilometer.

“Savico will reduce fares from midnight today”, the driver claimed. “Many other taxi firms too charge the old fare of VND12,000.”

At Tan Son Nhat hotel, the reporters took a Mai Linh taxi coded BD-034 to Tan Son Nhat airport. To their amazement, they were charged VND15,000 per kilometer.

When they asked the driver, he claimed his taxi was based in Binh Duong Province, where the fare is higher than in HCMC.

“In Binh Duong Mai Linh’s fare will remain unchanged; in HCMC it will be cut from tonight,” he said.

Vinasun’s fare was also unchanged at VND12,000 for the first kilometer.

Future alone seems to have reduced its fare -- to VND9,800 a kilometer and VND6,400 from the 31st kilometer onwards.

A Vinasun spokesperson later told SGGP: “Vinasun taxis have three different fare slabs now. Around 500 charge VND10,500 and 2,000 others charge VND11,000 or 10,000.”

100 percent of Vinasun cabs will apply the new fee of VND10,000 for next kilometers but unchanged fare for the first kilometer by next week, he said.

Official agencies can only register the fare changes for 300 to 400 vehicles a day, Mai Linh spokesperson, said.

Mai Linh registered 100 of its cabs on November 14, only for the Government to cut the petrol price again by VND1,000 a liter the next day.

The firm again began to register yesterday its new fees of VND12,000 for the first kilometer and 10,000 for subsequent kilometers, he said.

Other transport vehicles

Eighteen transport operators have cut fares by 8 to 15 percent, Nguyen Ngoc Thua, director of HCM city’s Mien Dong bus station, said last Monday.

Tourist taxis have reduced rates by 10 to 15 percent except for three- to six-month contracts.

Nguyen Anh Tuan, director of Tu Vuong Tourist and Trade limited company, said the fare from HCMC to Vung Tau has been cut from VND1.5 million to VND1.3 million. A four-day, three-nigh tours from HCMC to Da Lat is now down from VND4 million to VND3.6 million.

But the hydrofoil from HCMC to Vung Tau, which hiked the fare to VND160,000 when gasoline prices increased earlier this year, continues to charge the same.

Tet surcharge on buses

Transport companies will collect a surcharge during Tet next January. Nguyen Ngoc Thuan, director of HCMC’s Mien Dong bus station said it would be 40 percent from January 16 to 18 and 60 percent between the 19th and 25th for routes from Hue to the North.

For routes from Ninh Thuan to Da Nang and from HCMC to the Central Highlands, the surcharge will be 40 percent from 16th to 19th and 60 percent from 20th to 25th.

On the routes from HCMC to Binh Thuan, Binh Duong Binh Phuoc, and Lam Dong, the surcharge will be 60 percent from the 20th to 25th and 20 percent from the 26th to 28th.

It will be 40 percent to Ba-Ria – Vung Tau and Dong Nai, from the 21st to 28th and to the Mekong Delta from the 22nd to 27th.

The number of passengers this year is expected to increase by 10 percent.

By Van Anh - Translated by H.Mien

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