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In a bid to encourage further use of the Teksi 1Malaysia (TEKS1M) gold and brown-painted Proton Exora and Toyota Innova taxis, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has announced that it is finalising a study to revise its fares before the year’s end.

In a new report by The Sun Daily, SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar was quoted to say that lowered rates for the TEKS1M service is expected to be announced within the next two months. Syed Hamid also revealed that a new “sedan-type car” is being considered to join the two currently available MPVs.

Despite a recent lack of appreciation for the TEKS1M service, SPAD had initially put its faith in the MPVs to deliver better ride comfort and spaciousness, while higher quality drivers would be sourced in an attempt to woo passengers in favour of the service.

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However, budget taxis have seemingly been able to hold their own against the more premium TEKS1M service, for one simple reason: they’re cheaper – not only to customers, but also to drivers who have long spoken out against the higher running costs involved.

For paying passengers, the difference in fares between a budget taxi and a TEKS1M are significant.

For example, a ride in a NGV-powered TEKS1M Exora would start you off on RM4 charge at flagfall, while a cost of RM0.30 is incurred for every 200 metres travelled. There is also a time-based charged, rated at RM0.30 for every 36 seconds of travel.

In a budget taxi, the flagfall charge is set at RM3, with a RM0.25 sen per 200 metres charge, and RM0.25 sen per every 36 seconds.