Brace for Doubled Fares as Cab Operators Make Hay

Most of them are not accepting any advance bookings while the window for bookings will open only from 3 pm till January 1 morning.

Published: 31st December 2013 07:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st December 2013 07:55 AM   |  A+A-

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If you still haven't decided on how you are riding back home from the New Year eve party and were banking on the taxi services in the city, then brace yourself to shell out some extra cash. From today evening, most taxi services will be doubling their prices. Also, most of them are not accepting any advance bookings while the window for bookings will open only from 3 pm till January 1 morning. 

"Tomorrow is the day, when we generate maximum business in the entire year. We have already received 1500 calls in the last two days and we are expecting at least 2,500 today," said Nitin from Dial Cabs.

Similarly, Silicon Cabs have also decided to double their prices and are not taking any advance bookings. "Before 3 pm today, the charges are normal. But as soon as the bookings open, we will double all charges. Bookings will be taken on first come first basis," said Hema from Silicon Cabs.

But there are still those who don't believe in making money on a festive day as they feel this will dampen the moods of the travelling public. One such is mGaadi,  dial an autorickshaw service who have increased their work timings by two hours just to accommodate people who will be returning home late.

"No, we are definitely not doubling our costs. In fact, we have increased our working hours. Normally, we book the last service by 10 pm but today we will take calls till 2 am," said Vishy Kuruganti. They are also taking advanced bookings and the cost per kilometre will be as per the metre.

In a similar league is Taxi Guy who are not keen on making a quick buck just because people will be out partying till late. "We are neither taking any advance bookings nor increased our prices," said Mahesh from this taxi service.

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