Following the issuance of a decision by Bali's Governor on June 27, 2002, Bali's taxi fares increased 30% effective July 12th.
Under the new taxi fare tariff, initial flag fall increases from Rp. 3,000 to Rp. 4,000 (approximately US$ 0.45), while the per kilometer charge goes from Rp. 1,500 to Rp. 2,000 (approximately US$ 0.22). Waiting or standing times have also increased from Rp. 15,000 to Rp. 20,000 per hour (approximately US$ 2.25).
Taxi Operators Long Standing Demand for Hike.
The decision approving the increase was long awaited by the operators of Bali's more than 1,000 registered taxis who have complained that 3 successive fuel price hikes and increased cost of spare parts threatened to bankrupt their operations. Meanwhile, the local Bali Consumer Protection Agency (YLKI) has lobbied the provincial Government to forestall any increase in taxi fares and, at the very least, ensure that any increase in rates was tied to an improvement in service standards.
During the transition period for the introduction of the new fares, passengers are recommended to check the flag fall charge at the commencement of their journey. If the price on the meter upon boarding a local tax shows Rp. 4,000 that signifies the meter has been recalibrated and no additional charge over and above the amount shown on the meter at the end of the journey should be paid.
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