Private Ambulance Fare: According to the distance, the fare has been fixed by the government. On charging more than the fixed fare, the ambulance drivers can be complained to the government.
Amid the second wave of Corona, people of many cities including Delhi are getting worried to take patients from home to hospital. They have to spend 10 to 20 times more money for an ambulance. The sensation of the ambulance is not awake not only for the patients but also in the event of death.
People are troubled by the arbitrariness of ambulance drivers. People are often sharing their problems on social media. Government ambulance services are limited and at times emergency numbers are not even called. Even if a call is made, the ambulance is not empty and in such a situation, the private ambulance is the only option left.
If you call a private ambulance, they ask for arbitrary money. Taking advantage of the compulsion of the people, the ambulance drivers are not ready to negotiate and ask for a lot of money. It may have happened to someone you know as well! In view of the same arbitrariness of ambulance drivers, the government has taken measures in Delhi and Bihar.
Fare fixed in Delhi and Bihar
In view of the arbitrariness of the ambulance drivers in the Corona era, the government in Delhi and Bihar has fixed the fare for the ambulance service. According to the distance, the fare has been fixed by the government. On charging more than the fixed fare, the ambulance drivers can be complained to the government.
Bihar government took steps
In the meeting held on 5 May regarding the situation of Corona, Nitish Government took cognizance of the arbitrariness of the private ambulance drivers. The government admitted that ambulance drivers are being arbitrary in the Corona era. Ambulance drivers are facing problems due to the collection of arbitrary fare by patients and family members. In view of this problem, the Bihar government has fixed the rent of the ambulance. The fare of the ambulance has been fixed at the rate of 8 rupees to 25 rupees per kilometer.
After review by the committee constituted by Health Department and Transport Department, the rent of private ambulance has been fixed across the state. If someone takes more money than the prescribed rate for an ambulance, then the authorities will take action on it.
Ambulance rates fixed in Bihar
|Vehicle||Up to 50 km||More than that|
|Small car||1500 rupees||18 rupees per km|
|Small Car (AC)||1700 rupees||18 rupees per km|
|Bolero, Sumo, Marshall||1800 rupees||18 rupees per km|
|Bolero, Sumo, Marshall (AC)||2100 rupees||18 rupees per km|
|Maxi, City Ride, Winger, Traveler||2500 rupees||25 rupees per km|
|Xello, Scorpio, Tavera (AC)||2500 rupees||25 rupees per km|
CM Kejriwal took action in Delhi
In Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that the maximum prices for private ambulance services have been fixed, so that strict action will be taken on charging more rent. He tweeted and said, “We have come to know that private ambulance services in Delhi are illegally charging patients with arbitrary prices.” Delhi government has fixed the maximum prices. Strict action will be taken, including the cancellation of the driving license of the ambulance driver or cancellation of the ambulance registration on overcharging.
Delhi government decided these rates
The Delhi government has fixed the fare of the ambulance after getting information about the ambulance to be charged by the ambulance. It has been decided to fix the maximum fare by the Delhi government. The maximum rates for private PTA (Patient Transport Ambulance), BLS (Basic Life Support Ambulance) and ALS (Advanced Life Support Ambulance) have been fixed for patients. These services include oxygen, all ambulance related equipment, PPE kits, gloves, shields, masks, sanitization, drivers, EMT etc.
|Type of ambulance||Up to 10 km||More than that|
|PTA (ambulance carrying patient only)||1500 rupees||100 rupees per km|
|BLS (Basic Life Support Ambulance)||2000 rupees||100 rupees per km|
|ALS (Advance Life Support Ambulance), including Doctor’s Charge||4000 rupees||100 rupees per kilometer|
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