Tuesday, July 14, 2009

New taxi fares in the offing

New taxi fares will be announced on Thursday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abd Aziz said.

Nazri, however, did not disclose the quantum of the increase for the new fares, which will be adjusted upwards.

In late May Nazri had said the new bus and taxi fares would be presented to the Cabinet for approval.

On the 3,000 taxi permits announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak,, Nazri said priority would be given to taxi drivers who had been driving for more than 10 years and with a good track record.

Currently, there are about 9,000 applications for individual permits still pending with the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CLVB) since last October.

“We need to go through the applications first and also listen to the industry players who have been complaining about too many taxi permits being given away,” said Nazri.

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