Dubai and Sharjah taxi fares rise as fuel prices rise in July
With gasoline prices in the UAE increasing by almost 50 fils for July 2022, taxi fares in Dubai and Sharjah have increased.
Confirming that taxi fares have been increased in Dubai, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) told the Khaleej Times that the change is “based on fluctuating fuel prices in the local market and calculated based on the consumption of fuel per km”.
This means that the basic taxi fare of Dh12 remains unchanged in Dubai. “We have implemented an anticipated increase with no impact on opening/reservation fees,” the RTA statement added.
According to taxi drivers, the fee per kilometer has increased by more than 20 fils.
In response to a customer’s question, Careem said the Hala taxi fare per km has gone up from Dh1.98 to Dh2.19 “due to rising fuel prices”.
In Sharjah, the minimum fare has gone from 13.50 Dh to 17.50 Dh, according to taxi drivers. A Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority (SRTA) call center agent said the fare starts at Dh7, with a kilometer rate of Dh1.62. The minimum amount to be paid at the end of a trip is 17.50 Dh.
The SRTA had previously said that taxi fares in Sharjah could go up or down each month depending on fuel prices announced by the UAE Ministry of Energy. The UAE Fuel Prices Committee announces fuel prices at the end of each month. This means that the minimum taxi fare in Sharjah would increase if fuel prices increase, and vice versa.
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Fares for other modes of public transport in Dubai have not increased despite rising fuel prices.
The Dubai RTA said it provides various modes of public transport like the Dubai Metro and Tram, public buses and “an integrated maritime transport system, which covers most of the geographical area of Dubai”.
“In addition, public buses provide intercity service to other emirates,” the statement added.
In Sharjah, some passengers who regularly take the bus to Dubai have reported an increase in fares of Dh3. They said they paid 20 Dh instead of 17 Dh after July 1st.
As Khaleej Times reported earlier, US mobility service provider Uber Technologies has raised fares in the UAE. The ride-sharing app would charge up to 11% more for certain rides, it said in an email to customers.
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