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Vehicle ownership vs Taxis

What's cheaper and more convenient? Buying a vehicle and running it (service, fuel, parking, driving in traffic) or using something like pickme or uber?

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Vachintha Piyadasa

Considering the expenses and the current traffic situation of the country, I believe the cheaper and most efficient way to travel is via taxis. However it's still a question as to how comfortable this is.


Shevantha Perera

for uber free registration 25% of hire will be paid for uber on demands time and promotion you will get more earnings ob pickme rs.10,000/- for registration 10%of hire will be deducted to pickme fixed rates

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I think cabs. In CMB you also have to factor in parking cost. Then of course lease, petrol and maintenance. Cabs plus bus is best for me



In the short term, sure cabs I guess. But you're looking at an average of say Rs. 500 one way, depending on distance to work. Average out over a month, you're looking at roughly 24k a month.

If you're taking the bus, definitely cost effective, but at a major hit to convenience. Bus routes, quality of transport etc are just awful in Sri Lanka.

In the long term, a decent 1.2l car provides far more convenience and long term cost benefits over cabs, much like owning your own house is probably cheaper and cost effective long term than staying on rent.


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