Taxi fares will go up, regulating agency rules

Taxi fares are going up again for both the red local vehicles and the orange airport transports.

The Authoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos said the local increase would be about 3.35 percent and that of the airport fleet 2.85 percent. In terms of money the initial kilometer for the local vehicles goes from 530 colons to 550 colons when the decree is published in the La Gazeta official newspaper. That’s from about $1.07 to about $1.11. The same rates and increases apply to additional kilometers.

Taxis in rural areas have the same base but the charge for additional kilometers goes from 690 to 710 colons, from $1.40 to $1.44.

Airport taxis will go from 785 colons for the initial kilometer to 810 or from $1.59 to $1.64.

The regulating authority noted that tolls are the responsibility of the passenger and are added to the cost of the trip.

Taxi drivers still are behind the curve because the new rates reflect costs over the last six months and do not include the expected increases in petroleum.

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