Mon, Jul 02, 2007 - Page 2 News List

Few complaints as taxi fares go up in Kaohsiung

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Starting yesterday, taxi fares in Kaohsiung City rose from NT$70 to NT$85 and up to NT$5 per 250m, a city government official said.

The official said the hike had met few complaints on the first day, as passengers facing hot weather and the beginning of the university entrance examinations were more than happy to jump into a cab to enjoy the air conditioning and avoid sunburns or parking hassles.

time for a hike

Cab fares in the city had remained unchanged for the past six years.

In light of this, the Kaohsiung City Independent Taxi Drivers' Union had begun making requests for an increase last year, the official said.

A public survey conducted by the city government's Research, Development and Evaluation Commission in May showed that a majority of Kaohsiung residents would accept a hike from NT$70 to NT$85, the official said.

a few problems

A few heated exchanges between customers and taxi drivers were reported on the first day.

Some passengers were not aware of the new policy and were under the impression that the taxi drivers were trying to fleece them, the official said.

Almost all the disputes were settled shortly after passengers were informed that the rate increase had been sanctioned by the city government.

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