Everything is more expensive, the taxi too

Everything costs more, so does the taxi

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Inflation is felt everywhere, even when you take a taxi, since the increase in fares previously approved by the transport commission is officially in effect everywhere in Quebec.&nbsp ;

This increase is welcomed by owners and drivers, who have to deal with rising costs.

“The increase is welcome. A taxi on the road means tires, maintenance, often accidents, washing and everything. It doesn't end. It's very expensive and we almost paid to work,” explained Jean-Paul Boudreau, driver for Taxi Diamond, in La Baie.

“With everything we've been through in recent years, you have to know that we are governed by the CTQ (Commission des Transports du Québec), so we can't increase our fares as we want,” added Alexandre. Morin, president of Taxi 2151, in La Baie.

“It's a bit more money to pay for gas, which is extremely expensive. With this small increase, it will be good. We will be able to pay our drivers a little more,” noted Hugo Lapointe, chairman of the board of directors of Taxis Unis, in Chicoutimi.

With the ongoing labor shortage, this increase could also help to have more resources in the taxi industry.

“Daytime, evening, I don't have a lot of taxis in staff,” explained Mr. Morin, who believes that this increase could encourage people to become taxi drivers. “This is the first time in Quebec that we will have two rates, that is to say a day rate and another at night,” he added.

< strong>The increase in figures

Two increases had previously taken place, in 2011 and 2018. In more than ten years, prices have increased by 8.5%, which failed to offset the increase in the cost of living.

This time the increase is more significant. As of today, the starting price goes from $3.50 to $4.10. Added to this are the kilometers traveled and the waiting time. An overall increase of 18% during the day and in the evening, between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., an additional 15% applies.