Tuk fare hiked by Rs 10 for each km

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As a result of the fuel price hike, All Island Three-wheeler Owners Association has decided to increase three-wheel fares by Rs 10 for each kilometre.

Speaking to Ceylon Today, Association Chairman Sudil Jayaruk noted that the first kilometre of the fare will cost Rs 80 and each additional kilometre will cost Rs 70. He added that from 10 pm – 6 am the first kilometre of the fare will cost Rs 90 and each additional kilometre will cost Rs 75.

Jayaruk confirmed that the prices will remain fixed until fuel prices cross the Rs 350 limit.

Meanwhile, the All Island Three-Wheeler Drivers Trade Union chairman Lalith Dharmasekara claimed they will refrain from announcing a controlled three-wheel fare due to the unregulated price hike as a responsible union which has appealed for regulation in the industry.

“The driver and the passenger are free to negotiate and fix the hire at any cost they wish since there isn’t any regulation for three-wheel fares,” he added.

He also stated that fixing three-wheel metres costs the three-wheel driver Rs 200 to keep up with the constantly rising fuel hikes and they cannot bear the cost amidst all the economic burdens.

By Nabiya Vaffoor