Taxis plying Kunduz-Kabul highway charge double fare
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Some residents of Kunduz City, the capital of northern Kunduz province, complain despite cut in fuel prices, taxis plying the Kunduz-Kabul highway have doubled their fares.
According to a rate-chart issued by the transport department of Kunduz, the one-way fare in a shared-taxi is fixed at 600 afs from Kunduz to Kabul, but drivers take double fare from passengers.
He would bring food from Kabul every week. The one way fare per passenger from Kunduz to Kabul was 800 afs a few months ago, but now it had been increased to 1200 afs in recent days, Mohammad Zahir Sherzad, a resident of Spin Zar area of Kunduz City, said.
“ Fuel prices had reduced while taxi fare increased. Instead of reducing the fare from 800 afs to 600 afs, the taxi fare per passenger has been increased to 1200 afs. The price of one litre of fuel is 40 afs,” he said.
He asked the transport department to pay attention to the issue and prevent drivers from artificially increasing taxi fares.
A shopkeeper in Kunduz, Najibullah Haqyar, said a litre of fuel was 62 afs six months ago and then sank to 40 afs, but taxi rent jumped from 600 afs to 1200afs.
He said taxi drivers had increased fare increased due to illegal taxes taken from them by transport officials.
A driver on Kunduz-Kabul highway, Ata Mohammad, also said illegal money taken from them by transport department officials and bad condition of the road could be blamed for the increase in taxi fare.
Meanwhile, Syed Ahmad Jawad Jalali, the transport director, acknowledged the increase in taxi fare, but said the reason was bad condition of the Salang Pass and higher maintenance cost of taxis.
However, he denied illegal money was being taken from drivers and said they would issue a new rate-chart for passenger and load carrying vehicles.
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