An official statement from the Roads and Transport Authority said: "As part of its endeavors towards continuous improvement of its services, the RTA has increased the taxi fares by 5 per cent which is a marginal increase. For e.g. if the fare is Dh 30 it will now be priced Dh 31.5."
The RTA has reiterated that the fare hike is very marginal. Khaleej Times had carried a story on the fare hike on Friday, November 20, quoting taxi drivers who were made aware of the hike via an SMS.
Currently, the cost of regular taxi is Dh5 at road pick-up and Dh8 at dispatch. During peak hours (7 am to 10 am), the cost is Dh12, and meter cost during 10 pm to 6 am is Dh 5.50, Dh 9 at dispatch, and Dh 12 at peak hour (4pm to 8pm).
The starting meter price for ladies taxi is Dh8 for both road pick-up and dispatch. Some taxi drivers said that the hike amounts to 10 to 12 fils. In that case, the tariffs would rise from Dh1.71 per kilometre to Dh1.82 (a six per cent jump) while an airport taxi has gone up from Dh1.75 to Dh1.96 (a 12 per cent rise).
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