Taxicab fares will rise 3.8% on Wednesday, the finance ministry announced Tuesday afternoon, the first such price increase since the 6% increase in March 2012.
The price increase decision, based on higher costs for the drivers including fuel, was based on the recommendations made by a joint committee on prices between the finance ministry and transportation ministry.
As a result of the increase, the initial fare of a cab will be NIS 12.3, up from NIS 11.8, the extra of cost of calling a cab will rise to NIS 5.2 from NIS 5, and the charge for a third passenger will rise to NIS 4.9 from NIS 4.7. The extra charge for driving on toll road 6 will rise to NIS 16.6 from NIS 16.
The sole reprieve will be for those planning to fly; the fee for driving to Ben-Gurion International Airport will remain unchanged at NIS 5.