Taxi drivers were protesting in front of Government house the other day in opposition to the possibility of a LPG price rise. They argued that the minimum fare of 35 Baht hasn’t been raised for many years but their cost of living and working has continued to go up. PM Yingluck doesn’t agree with this raise in fares as she thinks it will affect the cost of living. In addition, the Transport Minister argues that only 33% of taxis use LPG and anyway, he said, any raise of LPG prices would only affect the household sector. But, he did concede that the traffic variance fare rate might be raised from the current 1.50 Baht a minute.
How much does it cost to take a taxi in Bangkok? When you get in a taxi the price starts at 35 Baht and this continues for the first kilometer. This then goes up to 5 Baht/kilometer for a distance up to 12 kms, 5.5 Baht/km up to 20 kms, 6 Baht/km up to 40 kms etc. Finally, over 80 kms is 8.5 Baht/km. In addition to this, if the taxi is stuck in a traffic jam and cannot go faster than 6 km/hour, there is an extra fare of 1.5 Baht per minute.
What taxi drivers want: When you get in the taxi they want the flag-up fare to be 50 Baht (up from 35B), but this will last for the first two kilometers. Then after that it will be 12 Baht a kilometer (up from 5B/km). They also want the airport surcharge to be 100 Baht (up from 50B).
What do you think? is this fair? Will it encourage them to take more fares?