The ripple effect from the Prime Minister’s announcement that public transport will be reverted to 50% capacity is already being felt in certain sectors.
The Rio Claro/Princes Town Taxi Drivers Association has announced a temporary increase of its fares from $13 to $20.
It said the $7 increase is due to the necessary restrictions, 50% capacity in travel, placed by the government to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
As a result, the Rio Claro/Princes Town Taxi Drivers Association has been forced to temporarily increase the regular fare with immediate effect.
It said the $20 fare increase is a standard price for all on route destinations.
The notice was posted to the Rio Claro/Mayaro Bulletin Board on Facebook.
Back in June, the San Fernando Taxi Drivers Association had announced an increase in fares from $17 to $22.
Although they said discussions were held to increase the fares prior to Covid, they did admit that a reduced travelling public helped to fuel the decision.
Then, in July, the Government approved a fuel grant for ‘H’ drivers and maxi taxi drivers as a way to subsidize any loss of income because of Covid-19 and the initial 50% capacity rule.