The National Transport Authority has announced plans to make card payment facilities mandatory in all taxis along with a new maximum fare.
Under the Taxi Regulations Act 2012, the NTA will hold a public consultation on requiring drivers to accept cashless payments for all journeys.
A new maximum fare regulation, detailing the maximum fare that can be charged by a taxi driver, is also open to public consultation.
The proposal is among those included in the 2022 National Maximum Taxi Fare Review Report released today.
The proposals will bring taxis in line with other services, with cashless payments now the norm in shops, supermarkets and restaurants across the country.
A recommendation to introduce such a provision was first made in an NTA tariff review in 2019, but the planned implementation in early 2020 was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 2019 report also examined the cost of running a taxi service compared to 2017, when the previous tariff review was conducted, and in line recommended a 4.5 percent increase in the national maximum taxi tariff. This fare increase was also postponed to 2020.
The report released today found that the costs associated with running a taxi increased by about 11 percent overall between 2017 and 2022. To reflect this, the report recommends an increase in maximum taxi fares.
The 2019 Tariff Review recommended a further adjustment of 1 piece for the additional costs associated with the introduction of cashless payment options, such as transaction fees and hardware provisioning. This is also taken into account in the 12 percent increase in maximum tariffs recommended today.
These proposals are now open for public consultation until 12:00 noon on Friday 27 May, with the matter due to be brought before the NTA Board for consideration shortly thereafter.
The Taxi Fare Review is generally conducted every two years by the NTA to assess operating costs and fares in the SPSV sector.
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