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Taxi drivers demand 50% fare increase

By asp 20 September 2007 28

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.

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Mr Evil 12:00 pm 24 Sep 07

I caught a taxi on Friday arvo while the driver was in the middle of a slanging match with some woman at Canberra Cabs’ dispatch. He was spewing about being sent all over town for pickups that weren’t current anymore i.e. the person had either been picked up by another driver, or they’d waited so long to be collected that they got sick of waiting and left.

After speaking to the driver, I would suggest that all is not well in Canberra Cabs.

shauno 9:40 pm 21 Sep 07

I always tip just out of habit. If its like 17 ill give him 20 if its 35 ill more then likely give him 40 etc etc. Unless its shocking service. Canberra Taxi drivers in general don’t rate to badly in my opinion compared to other city’s in Australia. Mind you its not exactly hard to get around Canberra but you do some times get one that hasn’t a clue.

barney 9:40 pm 21 Sep 07

Yep, they sure are a joke. Canberra Cab’s are the biggest pain in the arse. But the thing is, the others don’t have as many cars, but at least you get to actually talk to a human.

I don’t think it’s the driver’s fault though. I mean, they don’t make the choice to piss everybody off by implementing a joke of a booking system.


Hey, it’s their business. If they want to destroy what’s left of it, great. Taxis in this town are a complete joke.

barney 7:17 pm 21 Sep 07

The fares are shocking at the moment…. :S

asp 6:22 pm 21 Sep 07

I don’t think many people tip. I was once running late for something (and there were no taxis for ages), when I got one and go to the destination, I was in such a hurry that I gave the guy a $20 for a ten dollar ride and said keep the change. He looked shocked and kept thanking me. Hell, its only an extra $10!

Ozhair 10:51 am 21 Sep 07

So, if we give them the price increase, does that mean they’ll actually start doing the job they’re being paid to do? You know, little things like actually showing up when you book them?

Thumper 10:02 am 21 Sep 07

I’ve done the cash fare thing a few times. I just offer the driver $20 to go from x to y, take it or leave it.

As for London Cabs, pricey, but so cool….

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