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The transport department has sent a proposal to the state government.
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There's bad news for commuters in Bengaluru, who are regular users of the numerous cab services in the city. 

Your cab rides may soon become more expensive, reports Christin Mathew Philip for The Times of India

According to the report, a minimum and maximum fare for cab rides have been suggested by a committee formed by the transport department. The cabs will be classified into four categories depending on their prices and fares will be decided based on this. 

Vehicles costing up to Rs 5 lakh, Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh and above Rs 15 lakh, are the four categories. The report states that the suggestion has been made at the behest of cab aggregators and drivers.

Based on these four categories, the minimum fare will be between Rs 12 and Rs 15 km, while the maximum fare will be between Rs 23 and Rs 30km. Although there is no fixed minimum fare for cabs currently, the maximum fare is capped at Rs 14.50km for non-AC and Rs 19.50km for AC cabs. 

According to the transport department's proposal, fares for the first category of vehicles pricing up to Rs 5 lakh, ranges from Rs 12 to Rs 23 per km.

For vehicles in the price range between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 10 lakh, the fares will be increased to Rs 13 to Rs 25 per km.

For the third category, the fare will be increased to Rs 14 to Rs 26 per km. Luxury vehicles that now charge about Rs 25 a km will be increased to Rs 30 per km, states the report. 

At present in Bengaluru, Uber has seven types of cabs available for its users, such as Uber Pool, UberGo,  UberX, Uber XL, Airport Go, Airport X and Airport XL.

The lowest fare is charged for Uber Pool and Uber Go, with Rs 7.35 per km. The highest is for Airport XL, which charges Rs 19 per km.

The proposed fares is likely to burn a hole in the commuter's pockets and will come into effect, after the government approves it.