Ministry of Interior has agreed to ensure strict use of tariff meters inside taxis in the coming phase to standardize the taxi fares, reports Al-Rai daily quoting reliable sources. They explained that Ministry of Commerce and Industry received several complaints from the public regarding the exaggerated amounts charged by taxi drivers and had requested Ministry of Interior to handle these complaints and conduct necessary investigations. Both ministries agreed that the taxi driver should be issued a traffic citation for committing violations in this regard.
The sources affirmed that Ministry of Commerce and Industry is not in charge of monitoring the taxi fares but the Ministry of Interior is responsible for that. They explained that according to the decision taken by Ministry of Interior, the cost of hiring a taxi will be 150 fils.
The initial amount on the meter when the passenger enters the taxi will be 250 fils between 6 am and 12 am, and 500 fils between 12 am and 6 am. The meter will increase by 50 fils for every kilometer covered by the roaming taxi and 100 fils for every kilometer covered by a call taxi. The cost for waiting is KD 1 per hour for a roaming taxi and KD 3 per hour for a call taxi.
In case of a sudden breakdown (roaming or call taxis), the waiting period will not be calculated and the passenger will pay for the distance covered by the taxi.
The cost of using a taxi from Kuwait International Airport to different areas across the country will vary as follows:-
1- KD 5 to Kuwait City, Abdullah Al-Salem, Shuwaikh Residential and Industrial areas, Shamiya, Khaldiya, Faiha, Keifan, Adaliya, Al-Rai, Al-Riggae, Andalous, Grenada, Sulaibikhat, Sabah Al-Nasser, Firdous, Nuzha, Rawda, Qadsiya, Da’iya, Bneid Al- Gar, Shaab, Yarmouk, Qortuba, Surra, Jabriya, Hawally Square, Hawally and Al-Nugra, Rumaithiya, Messila, Bayan, Mishref, Dahiya, Sabah Al-Salem, Salmiya, Al-Zahra, Sidiq, Qurain, Al-Qosur, Al-Adan, Mubarak Al-Kabeer, Jaber Al- Ali, Abu Fateera and Funaitees, the cost of taxi will be KD 5.
2- KD 3 to Dajeej and Air Cargo
3- KD 4 to Sabhan, Muqwa, Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, Khaitan, Ishbiliya, Ardiya Industrial Area, Omariya, Rabya and Rehab.
4- KD 6 to Hadiya, Riqqa, Fintas, Egaila, Abu Halifa, Sabahiya, Mahboula, Fahaheel, Al-Qasr, Nassem, Al-Naeem and Taima, Waha, Doha, Shaddadiya and Amghara.
5- KD 7 to Mutla, Kabad, Mina Abdullah and Mina Al- Shuaiba Industrial area.
6- KD 8 to Umm Al- Haiman.
7- KD 10 to chalets of Beneider.
8- KD 17 to Mina Al-Zour, Wafra and Khairan.
9- KD 20 to Abdali, Salmi, Nuwaiseeb and Subbiya.
The cost of using public transport buses will also vary based on the areas as follows:-
1- 100 fils within Al-Soor area to and from Kuwait City and other areas.
2- 150 fils to and from Kuwait City and other areas using Third Ring Road.
3- 200 fils to and from Kuwait City and other areas using Fourth Ring Road.
4- 250 fils to and from Kuwait City and residential and industrial areas using Fifth Ring Road.
5- 300 fils to and from Kuwait City and residential and industrial areas using Sixth Ring Road.
6- 500 fils to and from Kuwait City and Ahmadi and Fahaheel.
7- 400 fils to and from Kuwait City and Fintas.
8- 500 fils to and from Kuwait City and Jahra.
9- KD 2 to and from Kuwait City and Abdali, Salmi and Nuwaiseeb
Source: Arab Times