As reported earlier, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is set to introduce a revised lower fare rate for the TEKS1M (Teksi 1Malaysia) service by the end of 2015 – a move that has been much appreciated by the drivers themselves, according to theSun in a report by Bernama.

“Many consumers avoid using TEKS1M because the fares are expensive and I believe the new fares, which are lower than the current rate, will encourage them to use it,” said TEKS1M driver, Wong Chee Chan. He states that such a move could help boost ridership towards the service as consumers will no longer be impeded by high costs. “Due to the lack of customers, I normally get about RM70 per day,” he added.

“If the rates are being standardised, consumers will have more choices and the drivers will provide the best services to them,” commented another TEKS1M driver, S. Samy Vellu Raja. Earlier on, SPAD chairman, Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, had announced that the revised rates will be made known within the next two months. Additionally, he also revealed that a new “sedan-type car” could join the current lineup of MPV-only taxis.

Currently, a ride in a TEKS1M taxi begins at RM4 with RM0.30 added to the total for every 200 metres travelled. Additionally, an extra RM0.30 is added on for every 36 seconds of the journey. Add it all up and the fare could end a fair bit costlier for most consumers especially when one compares it against a budget taxi. A ride in the latter begins at RM3 with RM0.25 for every 200 metres and RM0.25 for every 36 seconds.