THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : The state government has hiked the minimum fare for autorickshaws to `20 from the existing `15. The minimum fare of taxi cabs have moved up to `150 from the current `100. The fares will come into effect next month.
The autorickshaw-taxi workers coordination committee has decided to go ahead with the strike from Thursday despite the fare hike. The revised minimum charge is for a distance of 1.5 km for autos and 5 km for taxi cabs. For autos, an additional `10 has to be paid for each km after the stipulated minimum distance. Charging an additional 50 per cent has been permitted for autos plying in high ranges and regions that do not fall under the municipality and town limits. In the Corporation limits, the autos can charge an additional 50 per cent of the meter charge between 10 pm and 5 am.
The government has also given the nod for charging an additional `15 per km for cabs after the minimum distance of 5 km. Luxury cabs, including AC and non-AC, can now charge additional 10 per cent of the rental.