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Cuba warns cabbies not to raise fares amid energy crunch

A woman sits in a private collective taxi decorated with the Cuban and U.S. flags in Havana, Cuba. File photo.
A woman sits in a private collective taxi decorated with the Cuban and U.S. flags in Havana, Cuba. File photo. AP

Cuban authorities warned Friday that they will pull the licenses of private taxi drivers who raise fares, amid recently announced energy restrictions that have many islanders bracing for difficult months ahead.

The mostly 1950s-era American cars that function as collective taxis cost as little as about 40 cents and are a key transportation option with bus service lacking in many areas, and people have complained of rates doubling on some routes.

The warning comes as officials have slashed many fuel allotments for government vehicles by half and ordered state buildings to shorten the workday and cut back on air conditioning use.

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