Taxi Ride with Air Conditioning 5 Cents More Expensive?

By , 06 Jul 2018, 13:27 PM Business
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July 6, 2018 - Most taxi companies in the capital have increased transportation services in the city zone, so now a one-kilometer drive instead of the current 0.50 euro is 55 cents. Taxi drivers say it is a realistic price increase, and they hope a uniform price tag for taxis in Podgorica will be adopted soon.

The increase in the taxi fares has been ongoing in the last month. The leader of the taxi drivers trade union, Vesko Bijelić, says it is an expected move, given the start of the summer season and the rise in fuel prices. 

"It is not drastic, because we have been paying attention to the purchasing capacities of the citizens. However, most taxi companies decided to increase their services. Most due to the increase in oil prices and increased fuel consumption for air conditioning, which is turned on non-stop. Most likely, the rest of them will also have higher prices, but the minimum driving cost will remain the same," Bijelić said. He hopes that the city administration will soon form a unique taxi price list, following the example of the Budva municipality, where this model of functioning has shown good results. In the Halo taxi association, the increase of the city drives costs is commented as a real condition.

"Every bigger association has raised their prices, and so did we three days ago. The fare does not apply to taxi rides outside the city," said taxi driver Saša Lučić from Halo.

The owner of Exclusive Taxi, Danilo Pejovic, announced that they will raise the price by five cents in that association, as well. "Next week we'll have an increase of prices. The oil has drastically increased and the car is constantly driven with air conditioning on during the summer, so it consumes up to 30 percent more fuel. The five-cent increase will cover these costs and nothing else," emphasized Pejovic. The increase in taxi fares will not affect the increase in the bus ticket fare, as said by the owners of bus companies.

Text by Pobjeda, on July 6th 2018, read more at CdM

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