A four-member panel, appointed by the Maharashtra government to determine optimal fare structures for taxis, autos and cab aggregators such as Ola and Uber, has called for the introduction of “happy hours”.
As per the committee’s recommendation, between 12 pm and 4 pm every day, autos and ‘Kaali Peeli’ taxis will be allowed to offer rides at discounted rates. The report has already been uploaded on the transport commissioner’s website.
The latest report submitted by the Khatua committee also includes the outline of a telescopic fare structure with the limits of the Mumbai metropolitan region (MMR). The new recommendations, if unstated, could help reduce tariffs of rides beyond 8 km in autorickshaws and ‘Kaali Peelis’ plying across the city.
The report further stated, “There will be regular rates up to 8 km and reduction in 15% in the basic fare from distance of 8.1 km to 12 km and reduction of 20% for distances beyond 12 km.”
In case of ride-hailing services like Ola and Uber, the Khatua committee has proposed floor pricing and ceiling pricing ranging between $0.2 (INR 14) and $0.58 (INR 38).
As per the new fare structure, basic cab models can levy rates anywhere between $0.2 (INR 14) and $0.4 (INR 26). Mid-sized cars, on the other hand, will be allowed to charge $0.24 (INR 16) to $0.49 (INR 32). Premium cars can have rates ranging from $0.24 (INR 16) to $0.58 (INR 38).