Santaco warns of taxi fare hikes as fuel costs rise

Johannesburg – The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) said that there was a possibility of increasing taxi fares as the price of fuel soared higher.

Motorists have been warned of a record-high increase which would see them paying about R17 for a litre of petrol.

The new price increase will come into force at midnight.

Santaco spokesperson, Thabiso Molelekwa, said the increases would have a knock-on effect on the taxi industry, which had barely recovered from the impact of the Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions.

“The way in which the petrol is increasing it opens the possibilities for taxi increase quite widely.”

Petrol is set to increase by R1, and diesel will increase by between 63 and 65 cents.

According to the Automobile Association, the hikes are due to international oil prices and fuel levies among other factors.

Molelekwa added that a decision over whether to increase fares would be taken at a meeting within the next two months.

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