Typical taxi cab fares are about to increase by about the cost of a bus ride.

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Typical taxi cab fares are about to increase by about the cost of a bus ride.

The Manitoba Taxi Cab Board today approved a rate increase of eight per cent. That translates into an extra $1.50 for a 10-kilometre ride from the downtown to home in most Winnipeg suburbs --

to $17 from $15.75.

Duffy's Taxi and Unicity Taxi had applied for a 15-per-cent increase, the first since November 2005.

While it would seem the rising price of fuel must have played a part in the decision, the board explained that, to the contrary, the increase was approved to defray the cost of fuel efficiency.

"Over the past three years, the taxicab industry has introduced over 230 hybrid vehicles to the taxi fleet," a government press release said.

"Taxicab owners have also brought in over a 100 mid-sized vehicles to replace the full size cars that were common three years ago. In addition to being more costly, these vehicles are newer, have more safety features and reduce the carbon footprint in our environment."

The board said that meter rates for standard and accessible taxicabs will be $3.30 for the initial meter drop rate, "which includes the first 72.5 meters, $0.10 for each additional 72.5 meters, and $0.10 for each 13.18 seconds of metered waiting time."

Winnipeg taxicabs still offer one of the lowest fares for a 10-kilometre trip, the board said.