June 7, 2022 – Have Croatian taxi drivers started raising their prices as the peak summer tourist season approaches? Many claim to have done so, as ongoing inflation would make it difficult for them to continue otherwise.
As Poslovny Dnevnik writes, the continuous wave of inflation has also affected Croatian taxi carriers and taxi drivers. Rising fuel prices, which account for the largest share of taxi driver costs, have led to higher prices for transport services in general. This immediately led to a drop in demand, but Croatian taxi drivers are pinning their hopes on tourists as the summer season approaches.
In recent years, they have often complained about the absurd prices of taxi services in this country. This year, most dealerships have adjusted their prices, so there shouldn’t be any bad surprises, at least for now.
Croatian taxi drivers are watching rising energy prices and say they will adapt, which means price hikes, reports HRT.
“The market is terribly unpredictable and unreliable, something new happens every day that causes costs to rise, prices to rise, inflation, everything. Our main raw material is fuel, and fuel has really skyrocketed and will continue to do so, and so we were forced to increase our prices,” said Ivana Simundic Vulin, Corporate Communications Manager for Taxi Services.
At the beginning of April alone, they were forced to increase their prices by 15%. Otherwise, they say, they would not have survived in an increasingly difficult and demanding market, weakened by inflation.
“Before, the average price for a trip to Zagreb was 50 kuna, now it’s around 57-58 kuna. We had our customers in mind, of course, because inflation was hitting us like it was hitting everyone. world and so this increase was minimal so that we could somehow cover our costs, at least to some extent,” explained Simundic Vulin.
“We’re trying to strike some sort of balance with a minimal price increase that would follow this general upward price trend in the retail direction. We have a steady customer base,” taxi driver Davor Stiplosek said. Here in the city of Zagreb, they hope that the summer season will be improved by the arrival of foreign tourists, despite the increase in the price of taxi services.
“We notice that there are more tourists in the city, which is again in our favor, so I expect that we will find a way out of this situation in which we find ourselves”, estimates Stiplosek.
“The summer season is always strong. Not only in this part of the country, it will also be quite strong on the Adriatic. We have a lot of cooperation with hotels and travel agencies there,” said Simundic Vulin, also making sure to add that a single summer tourist season cannot save the whole year.
Croatian taxi drivers in Split also raised their prices
Split taxi drivers are also hoping for a working summer, despite soaring energy and fuel prices. Tourists, they say, are their most frequent customers during the summer.
“Concretely, with us, at the start, we gained three kuna, and a kilometer costs one kuna, so we thought it was a good balance. Again, to be acceptable to people, but also to try to cover the difference in fuel because we haven’t changed our prices for five years since we started working, and now that you ‘rewind the movie a bit’ – that’s about six kuna difference per liter from here there until today,” said Tonci Bratosevic, the head of the call center of a taxi service.
“Taxi transport is not subsidized by any local self-government unit or by the state, they are all private contractors and they must cover their own costs. The current price has not changed in the last decade , so it will take kind of a slight increase for customers,” said Milivoj Topic, chairman of the Split Carriers Guild.
”At the moment we don’t really plan to raise prices for taxi services in Dubrovnik, but it all depends on future fuel prices. If it continues to increase, then we will definitely have to, because now the costs have increased by 40%,” said Mise Miloslavic.
“Our prices have been the same since 2015, so the price per kilometer is 9 kuna, the starting price is 29 kuna,” said Aljos Brkovic, vice-president of the Dubrovnik City Taxi Carriers Association. .
Fuel prices are far from the only problem. Car maintenance is also a big expense for them.
“Generally, all products have become more expensive, as well as the vehicles themselves which need to be maintained, works have become more expensive in general, repairs, oils in general, spare parts…everything It’s absolutely blown up. So it’s not just about fuel, there are other costs involved that have also gone up, so price hikes are unfortunately inevitable,” Topic warned.
As prices for services are constantly increasing in all sectors, Croatian taxi drivers are carefully calculating whether they will have to increase their prices and how much they will need during the summer season. Although tourists often cannot do without their services, which reassures them, local consumers, aware of the sharp increase in fuel prices, will certainly think twice before booking or calling a taxi.
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