‘TAXI FARE INCREASE A DIFFICULT DECISION’

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AS TAXI commutersworry about the latest fare increase, the South African National Taxi Council said it blamed government and its corruption. Ralph Jones, general secretary of the council, said the decision on whether to increase fares was a difficult one.He told Daily Sun: “Now that the Guptas are no longer here, government is using the fuel levy to get money from us. “Other transport such as the Gautrain, buses and trains are running empty, but they are subsidised. Taxis transport many people daily but we are not subsidised. “Why should we suffer like this?“When the petrol price goes up, people suffer and the taxi industry has to help commuters not to feel the pinch.” Jones said the taxi industry task team has been talking to government for a long time about subsidies, but their pleas always fell on deaf ears.Yesterday, the SunTeam saw many motorists in Soweto and Joburg already queuing to fill up their tanks.Long distance taxi driver Moses Mhlanga said: “The money we make is not much. “Now that petrol has gone up, things are going to get worse. My taxi carries a lot of passengers, but the money I make is very little. “When I arrive in Mpumalanga, I have to fill up again before I go to Mozambique.” Moses said he wished government would do something about the petrol price.The latest increase, which is the seventh since the beginning of the year, is the biggest so far.Price increases for this month will be adjusted as follows:93 octane petrol – 99 cents95 octane petrol – R1Diesel – R1,24Paraffin – R1,04

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