During the Thursday session of the Warsaw Council, the councilors will consider a civic draft resolution, which assumes an increase in taxi fares. Their drivers want… a 100 percent raise. They argue that the applicable maximum rates were set in… 1995.
Currently, the fee for “slamming the door” is PLN 8. The draft resolution proposed 16. Rates per kilometer would also increase by 100 percent. In tariff 1 (applicable on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.) from the current PLN 3 to PLN 6, in tariff 2 (applicable on weekdays from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and on Sundays and holidays throughout the day) from PLN 4.5 to 9 PLN.
The same rule would apply in tariff 3 – from PLN 6 per kilometer to 12 and in tariff 4 – from 9 to 18. The hourly fee for a taxi would also increase from PLN 40 to PLN 80.
Maximum prices set in 1995
“The proposed amounts of new rates are the result of the position developed by organizations associating entrepreneurs providing paid taxi transport services, and the joint operation of the entire taxi community in Warsaw” – we read in the justification for the draft resolution.
Taxi drivers stated that the last regulation of rates was carried out 11 years ago and concerned only the change in the amount of the fee for hiring a taxi and driving the first kilometer. “The issue of the applicable maximum prices was not addressed in any way at that time. The currently applicable maximum prices for paid passenger taxi transport, set on April 24, 1995, are inadequate to the market situation and do not ensure the entrepreneur’s financial liquidity” – taxi drivers argue. The need for a drastic increase of the initiators of the resolution is justified primarily by the increase in the prices of fuel, food and social security contributions.
The proposal of changes was met with a negative opinion of the municipal office of administration and civic affairs, and the city treasurer also has reservations.
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