The maximum price per passenger private taxi drivers in Havana may charge will be 10 Cuban pesos (CUP), except for some long-distance routes, according to a proposal from the General Directorate of Transportation and the government of the Cuban capital, the Cubadebate site reported this Tuesday.
The fare in vehicles with a capacity for more than 14 passengers (trucks and vans) operating in the city will be 5.00 pesos (CUP), according to the source.
As of the entry into force this weekend of the measures announced in November by the transportation authorities on the island, the free taxi and route licenses, previously established and that had set differences between the existing types of private taxis, will disappear. This resulted in a modality called “regular,” with which taxi drivers can purchase fuel at special prices.
The new provisions establish that the price of transportation services will be set by the taxi drivers themselves, but based on the limits approved by local authorities.
On some routes where passengers make the full journey, the maximum price will be 20.00 pesos. Trips from Santiago de las Vegas to Old Havana, Centro Habana or Vedado are included in those cases.
That same amount will be the maximum fare in the route from Cotorro to Old Havana or to Centro Habana, and from the Playa municipality Terminal to Baracoa Beach.
From Guanabo beach to Old Havana, Centro Habana or La Virgen del Camino, the maximum price will be 25.00 pesos.
According to the proposals, if a passenger takes the taxi within any of these routes, the fare will be 10.00 pesos.
Likewise, a maximum price of 5.00 pesos was established for certain short routes, such as those originating in Fontanar and going to Abel Santa María district or El Wajay; or those that go from La Palma, in the municipality of Arroyo Naranjo, to Mantilla or to the Curva de Párraga, and from Santiago de Las Vegas to El Rincón.
Carriers that charge more than these prices, once approved, could lose their operating license. This proposal will come into effect once the approval process is concluded in the Provincial Administration Council, according to Cubadebate.