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Karwa drivers hope to meet targets with taxi fare hike

Karwa drivers hope to meet targets with taxi fare hike


Victor Bolorunduro
Doha
The recent Karwa taxi fare hike has come as a 'relief' for many taxi drivers as they hope this would help them in meeting their daily targets.
The new taxi fare came into effect on February 1, with Mowasalat increasing the minimum fare to QR11 from QR10. The new rate per kilometre inside Doha during the day time has been raised to QR1.6 from QR1.2.
Patrick, a driver with Yellow Taxi (one of the operators under Mowasalat), said:"The last few days have been quite interesting as I have been able to meet my targets though it has come with some bits of arguments and confrontations from passengers. Most of them felt that I wanted to cheat them when they saw the metre starting at QR11. I believe with time, people will get used to it and things will normalise."
Abdulhassan, a driver with one of the operators under Karwa, said:"My daily delivery target of QR480 has been a bit difficult to meet on some occasions due to increasing number of registered private taxis as well as illegal taxis competing for passengers with us. I understand that the rising operating costs have necessitated the changes but I believe the positive impact will trickle down to us."
Muhammad, another Karwa driver, said the change in tariff is a welcome development, but it is difficult to explain the hike to some passengers.
œI believe the new tariff will help us in meeting our targets though I think more needs to be done in terms of familiarising the public with the new development. Most people are still not aware of the reason behind the hike. So, they tend to put the blame on the drivers,  he said.
œA female passenger I carried last Friday almost created an embarrassing scene as a result of this. She assumed I wanted to cheat her. It took the intervention of a bystander to pacify her and explain things to her. I think more can be done by the company in this regard.  The new tariff sticker has been displayed on the side windows of all Karwa and franchise taxis, making it easier for passengers to view the new tariff.

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