Nashik: The Nashik Regional Transport Authority has handed a decision relating to finalization of ambulance charges in view of studies of exorbitant costs.
Senior RTO officers said the Bombay excessive court docket had issued directives to finalise the rate of ambulances and display the chart on the website of the Maharashtra Motor Vehicles Department.
Accordingly, the charges have been determined. For non-AC Maruti vans and Echo automobiles, the charges are Rs 500 for 25 km or two hours and Rs 11 per km. For non-AC Sumos and Jeep-like automobiles, the charges are Rs 600 for 25 kms or two hours or Rs 12 per km.
For larger ambulances like Tata 407 the brand new rate is Rs 800 per 25 kms or for two hours or Rs 13 per kilometer, whereas the rate for air-conditioned cardio vans, the rate can be Rs 1,000 per 25 kms or two hours or Rs 20 per kilometer.
The Nashik RTO officers said that whereas ambulance operators can present providers with the aforesaid charges and even present free providers, they can’t cost increased rate.
It can be obligatory for ambulance operators to place up the rate chart contained in the ambulance. The duty of retaining the ambulance nicely maintained and sanitized lies with the operator or driver.
Nashik regional transport officer Bharat Kalaskar said the rate revision was due. “The rates were modified keeping in mind the current fuel prices. Due the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a possibility that ambulance operators could inflate their rates. Two weeks back, one case had come up but was resolved by the Nashik RTO office,” he said.
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