British Columbia’s taxi industry calls for relief from record fuel prices
BC’s taxi industry is asking for help from the province as gas prices continue to set new records in the province.
On Sunday, prices were seen as high as $2.09.9 in parts of Metro Vancouver.
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“It hurts us a lot more. Not everyone needs to be on the road. We do, as an essential service,” Mohan Kang, president of the BC Taxi Association, told Global News.
Unlike the shipping industry, taxis cannot increase their prices to offset high fuel costs. Taximeter fares are regulated by the British Columbia Passenger Transportation Board.
Kang said the board has the power to step in and authorize a temporary fuel surcharge on taxi fares to help drivers manage fuel prices.
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In 2008, the commission authorized a fuel surcharge of 3.5% as rapidly rising gasoline prices exceeded a shocking $1.35 per litre.
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“We should have done things yesterday. They knew the price was going up,” he said.
“The extra money (comes) out of the drivers’ pockets, hurting them.”
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The Passenger Transport Commission reports that its annual review of the taxi and limousine cost index is underway, which will identify the possibility of a potential increase in taxi fares based on the index of consumer prices, which measures inflation.
Kang said the measure would ignore rapidly rising gasoline prices.
— with files from Kristen Robinson
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