Local Taxi drivers want fares to increase by 50%. In practical terms, this will rise the cost of:
- Fare from Lanyon Valley to Canberra Airport from $50 to $75 (25.5km/20-30min)
- Fare from Narrabundah to Manuka Plaza up from $8to $12 (3km/5min)
I have no opinion on whether they deserve an increase or not, though 50% seems a little steep. What I do know is that such a price rise would likely harm the industry. Buses would look more attractive and the push for light rail would increase. Local chauffeured car providers would also boom as I found out last time, a chauffeured car cost a little less ($45 vs $50) than a taxi to the airport and was far more comfortable.