One of the most interesting recent developments in Colombo is the boom of Meter Tuk Tuk (aka Meter Taxi). There was a time only very few Tuk Tuk had meters attached with but recently many Three wheel owners venturing into Meter Tuk. Most of the meter tuk/taxi charges 50LKR for 1st Kilometer and 30 LKR for each additional Kilometer. Also there will be waiting charges. This waiting charge can go up when you travel during a traffic time.
Initially the companies offered meter tuk tuk service was mobbed by some three wheel thugs. But nothing happened. Few more companies started metered tuk service around Colombo along with Nano cabs.
It is such a relief for people like me who doesn’t do well in bargaining. I hate to bargain with three wheel guys. Most of them tend to cheat you and rip you off by saying so many things like “one way sir watten enna one” blah blah! I’m sure it’ll help most of the tourist too. When our three wheel guys see a white skin they go behind that person and will try their best to give him a ride. Once he get down, he’ll be ripped off by good number of drivers. I’ve heard from many foreigners the same complain.
Now all we have to do is just get into the Tuk and ask him to switch on the meter. I usually wait for a meter taxi and allow all the normal tuks to pass me. You can clearly see the anger in meter-less three wheel guys face. But who gives a damn? 🙂
But there can be few consequences with meter tuk too. There is a good possibility they’ll tweak the meter to show the wrong calculation or mileage, which I have noticed in Indian meter tuk tuk when I was in Hyderabad. I’m not blaming all the three wheel guys. But most of them tend to cheat on someone they find easy to cheat.
All in all, I love the change going around Tuk Tuk in Colombo. Hope it’ll spread out to other parts of the country too. Especially North. In Point-Pedro, if a three wheel guy to take his tuk tuk out you need to pay minimum of 200 LKR. WTF!!! yeah that’s what I said too when I heard it first.
Change is part of human history. If you don’t change with time, you won’t survive!
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