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Taxi fares in Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung to go up in October

2015/07/28 11:22:53

Taipei, July 28 (CNA) Taxi fares in Taipei, New Taipei and Keelung in northern Taiwan will be increased for the first time in seven years in October, when they are expected to rise by around 14 percent on average.

The Taipei City Public Transportation Office said the existing NT$70 (US$2.22) fee for the first 250 meters will remain unchanged, but the NT$5 currently charged for every additional 250 meters will be collected every 200 meters in the future.

Also, the amount charged on the meter when a taxi sits idly in traffic will be adjusted to NT$5 for every 80 seconds rather than the current NT$5 for every 100 seconds.

Under the new fare structure, a taxi ride from Taipei City Hall to New Taipei City Hall will cost NT$413 (not including any additional costs for idle time), up 19.7 percent from the current NT$345.

The city estimated that the average fare hike would be roughly 14 percent.

Other cities could follow suit after the taxi fare hike in northern Taiwan.

Kaohsiung, which has also not adjusted its taxi fares for seven years, will discuss with Tainan whether to adjust taxi prices in the two southern Taiwan cities before the end of the year. Taxi cabs operate jointly in the two cities.

A taxi drivers union in Taichung said the city has not raised taxi fares for around a decade, and while the union has yet to reach a consensus on the issue, it will meet again in early August to decide on whether to push for a fare increase.

Taoyuan, which raised taxi fares in the city last year, is not expected to impose further increases this year.

Bus fares in Taipei, meanwhile, are also expected to be raised early next year. Fares will be charged based on the distance traveled rather than adding a standard NT$15 fee for riding an extra section beyond the standard distance.

(By Lilian Wu)