For the past couple of days I haven’t been able to get a hold of the local newspaper in the office so I wasn’t aware that there has been talks of a fare price hike for the first time this year (if I remember correctly) because of the rising petrol prices.
I was just surprised this morning that I had to pay around 18k VND (almost a dollar) more than my usual cab fare. And yes, I got kinda mad at the cab driver thinking I was getting ripped off. But he tried telling me that there’s a price hike. And so I had to check the news when I reached my cube.
This news that was released last March 9 states that the increase will happen anywhere from 10-15 days. I guess they couldn’t wait. So now, an additional 1.5kVND (70 cents) is added to the taxi flag down rate. But wait, I’m not sure if it’s just the flag down rate or there is an additional increase on every kilometer — because my cab fare was increased by 20%. 😦
If I weren’t pregnant, I’d readily walk to the Dong Khoi Shuttle to get me to and from work but that’s quite a workout now for me. And I really hate that I have to fight my way in the shuttle even if the other passengers can clearly see I’m pregnant. 😦