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Taxi fare prices will increase by more than 30 percent, says association

Taxi associations and the Government reached an agreement to review the price of fares, with the increase, which could be applied in the coming days, expected to be greater than 30 percent, an association source said.

: Paulo Novais/Lusa
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In an interview with Rádio Nacional de Angola, the president of the National Association of Taxi Drivers of Angola (ANATA), Francisco Paciente, said that an agreement was reached last Friday between the executive and taxi associations and cooperatives to change the tariff.

The increase follows the gradual removal of fuel subsidies to bring diesel and gasoline closer to market prices.

The Government began to end subsidies for gasoline, in June 2023, maintaining exemptions for some activities such as taxi transport, through cards with a 'limit', but this benefit also came to an end on April 30th.

With the current price of the "race" at 150 kwanzas, the Government began by proposing an increase to 180 kwanzas, a proposal with which the taxi drivers did not agree, defending an increase between 250 and 300 kwanzas, which they agreed to revise to 200 to 220 kwanzas, after negotiations.

"We have already signed the minutes for the Government to competently publish what will be the price of the taxi ride, under the terms in which they were agreed [by] the parties", said Francisco Paciente, stressing that the associations do not accept an increase of less than 200 kwanzas.

Private nine-seater taxis, known as candongueiros or "blue and white", are one of the cheapest and most popular means of transport in the country, especially in the capital, where thousands of vehicles of this type circulate.

Asked about speculation in fares, especially during rush hours, the ANATA leader blamed the Government for taking too long to formalize the activity.

"This is what should reduce the rate of price speculation and route shortening", he argued, explaining that, currently, "it is not possible to determine whether speculators are taxi drivers or not", as the activity "has no boundaries".

Another reason for speculation is the scarcity of supply in this transport subsector, he pointed out.

ANATA has already presented a proposal to define routes in the province of Luanda, with this topic being the next target of discussions with the executive, after consensus on prices.

ANATA argues that routes should be a maximum of 14 to 15 kilometres, unlike what happens today, with routes varying between 3 and 35 kilometres.

Francisco Paciente highlighted that taxi drivers will tend to choose shorter routes "because they know they will charge the same price", with longer routes being deficient in terms of transport.

"The Government needs to take action on this", he appealed.


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