Small increase proposed for the nation’s fleet of taxis

The nation’s regulatory agency is proposing to increase the price for taxis by a small amount. For normal travel, taxi drivers would be able to charge 5 colons, about 1 U.S. cent, more for the first kilometer and 10 colons more for additional kilometers. Increases for taxis that carry the disabled would be slightly higher.

The proposed rate for taxis would have been more except that the formula used by the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicas included the fact that a liter of super gasoline has decreased 100 colons, the agency said.

The agency used the exchange rate, the minimum salary for a taxi driver and fuel prices to fix the rate.

Now passengers pay 590 colons for the first kilometer, about $1.18, and 585 colons for additional kilometers.

The distance is measured on a meter in the taxi. Rates for additional kilometers for rural taxis are higher.

There is a similar increase proposed for taxis from Juan Santamaría international airport. The agency seeks a 15 colon increase for both the first kilometer and additional ones. The agency estimated overall the increase would be about 2 per cent.

The public has until Wednesday to make comments on the proposals.

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