The advent of transportation inNepalcame with lot of awe and inspiration. With the vehicular facilities being confined to the ones who stood on royal grounds with the government, the public stood as standby walkers and rare peddlers. The freeing of the country from dictatorship hands marked a level of respect which allowed the common man the privilege of daily motion. But the public turn private came as a phenomenon where urbanization crept like a fog into this land of mountains.
The ever growing population never far away the risk of travel at efficient quality and quick timing goes questionable and dimmer. But the use of “Private” and up to mark mobility has been the remarkable efforts of “Taxis” in the country!
Though the black tempos running on petrol back in the other decade came to a halt for its heavy pollution, this fate seems far away for the taxis running with small body sizes and less carbon dioxide emission. The kind of taxis stumbled around the country include the white small Maruti 800. The cabs have black plates with white numbers and most also bear a “TAXI” sigh on the roof of the car. The black plate depicting the private ownership of the taxi cab, it is not so comfortable to ride for conditions such as long legs which refuse to fit in any directions and the frame of the vehicle can also arouse motion sickness.
But even so the taxis can be a nice and quiet experience if one does want to get away from crowded buses where the criminal activities always seem to be sky high.
The understanding of taxi meters might help to enjoy the fair and right treatment of riding experience.
How Does A Taxi Meter Run??
- The meter uses electricity to determine how far you’ve traveled. This is done with the help of the car’s transducer — a sensor attached to the transmission, the same sensor that provides data to the speedometer and odometer. It sends a pulse to the meter at specified distance intervals, such as a half-mile. When the taxi meter is installed, an engineer drives the car a perfectly measured mile to teach it how to record distance correctly.
- The meter measures time in precisely the same manner, receiving pulses at specific intervals, such as every two seconds. This is how you get charged for time spent waiting in traffic or for quick stops where the driver sits idle.
- If distance pulses outnumber the time pulses, such as when you’re moving at a decent speed, the meter counts these as dominant and charges the rate per mile or fraction of a mile. If the time pulses outnumber the distance pulses, the meter knows to calculate this part of your travel at the “waiting” rate, if applicable.
- The meter tabulates the price and displays it in real time. You can watch it steadily increase during the course of your ride. The final price will be the total after all tabulations are made and the cab stops. This is the amount the driver will ask you to pay.
Arriving in Kathmandu inTribhuvanAirport, domestic or international arrivals, numerous taxi touts come to notice. But if posed with a limited understanding of where to go, opt for the pre-paid taxi service available at the exit of the airport doors (international) and past the luggage pick-up (domestic). It’s a government authorised taxi syndicate sort of enterprise that operates with fixed prices to the various districts in town. A chart will be shown on request and will take to the door for that fixed price and won’t ask for more. To keep matters clean a receipt will be provided
The taxing “Taxi” Misery!!!(the price hike):
Of course the rise of the price of petroleum products throughout the world has its effects in the country. With no definite resources to replenish on its own , the rise of fuel price also affects the culture of taxi driving. The government had hiked taxi fare on March 26, which enticed the agitated travelers throughout the country was not far off when the recent price rise occurred on May 16 , 2011 at the latest.
The government raised taxi fare by 17 per cent, according to Department of Transport Management that said that the mounting pressure from meter taxi operators due to rising petroleum prices and other maintenance costs forced the government to hike the taxi fare.
For locals:The passengers pay Rs 27 per km. Earlier, it was Rs 23 per km with flag-down fare of Rs 10. The flag-down fare has not been hiked,” the department has said, adding that fare per 200 meter has been increased to Rs 5.4 from earlier Rs 4.6.
For tourists::The government also raised tourist taxi fare to Rs 370 from current Rs 315 for 5 km distance. Apart from that, taxi drivers are allowed to charge an additional Rs 53 per extra km.
Hence so the abrupt and surprising increase of price may not be uncalled for and anticipation of the costumers for a swift ride may not be so swift for the pockets.