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Due to rising fuel prices, taxi passengers can also expect an increase in taxi fares – with video
Author: Pinczés Mariann | [email protected]
Published on October 26, 2021 14:40 | Updated: Oct 26, 2021 15:46
Debrecen – According to analysts, it is not excluded that the average price of fuels at Hungarian gas stations will be HUF 550 this year. Due to the extreme increase in prices, it is becoming increasingly difficult for taxi drivers to maintain their business. A 30 percent price increase would be fought in the capital, and negotiations could begin soon. Debrecen’s taxi drivers on Debrecen Television’s Napszemle are waiting for the time being, but they also think that it would be justified to increase the fare. Currently, they ask for an average of 300 forints per kilometer.
Last spring, motorists were able to refuel a liter of petrol for less than 300 forints. Diesel also cost only a few forints more. From Wednesday, the average price of 95 petrol will be HUF 501 at domestic wells. It has never been so expensive. You have to pay 512 forints for the diesel.
As previously reported, this is partly due to the increase in the price of brent oil. In 2019, the world market price of crude oil was still $ 50-60, currently $ 85. According to some analyzes, further significant price increases are expected.
“We’ve already seen $ 130 come up.” Even if not next year, but in the next two or three years we will see that this rising trend will continue, and we have to settle for these high – said Eszter Bujdos, the managing director of Holtankoljak.hu.
High fuel prices are slowly making taxi businesses impossible. In Budapest, due to official prices, it does not pay to raise service fees, so drivers have already started negotiations with the capital.
According to press reports, taxi drivers want a 30 percent price increase. The situation is not better in Debrecen either. Taxi drivers face not only high fuel prices but also declining freight volumes. About 30 fewer passengers have been carried since the epidemic. Taxi drivers have not reached the fare for years. According to Csaba Tarjányi, fares should now be raised by at least 20 in order for businesses to operate economically.
– It is enough to swallow the taxi society for the price adjustment. I think everyone is waiting for Budapest to move. I don’t know if Budapest will step in, but Debrecen can step in on its own, if it supports this population or the local government as well, the taxi driver pointed out.
Phoenix Taxi last raised its prices six years ago. The company considers the fare adjustment to be justified. The executive said they are also waiting for the official prices in the capital, depending on the decision.
“We have to raise prices not only because of the price of petrol, but also because of other price increases: I am thinking here of the service costs, the costs that have risen significantly, which are two to three times higher than before,” stressed Tibor Tisza, the manager of Phoenix Taxi. He added that his colleagues are using more and more electric cars. Government subsidies and others are also planning to replace or gasoline cars.