Saturday, June 21, 2008

Fare is Fair?

Compared to some cities in the world, taxi fares in Bangkok are reasonable. The existing fare hasn't gone up in almost twelve years. But, due to the soaring prices of fuel, Thailand's Transport Ministry has just approved raising the taxi fares in Bangkok. The initial 35 baht fare will remain the same, but starting next week, the fare will increase 50 satang (half a baht) for every kilometer travelled.

The cabbys that I talked to about the new fare are pleased because it'll help take the edge off the cost of the fuel. It's become more and more difficult for the drivers to make a decent salary. But, the higher fare also means customers who take taxis regularly, like me, will have less baht to spend on other things.