Thu, Sep 06, 2012 - Page 3 News List

City sets new fees for service to stop drinking and driving

Staff writer, with CNA

A maximum fee structure for designated-driver services was introduced by the Taipei City Government yesterday as part of its efforts to prevent traffic accidents by drunk drivers and to advertise the service.

A total of 10 taxi companies that provide such services have agreed to abide by the new fee structure, Taipei City transport officials said.

Under the new regulations, a taxi driver hired to drive the vehicle of a drunken motorist should charge no more than NT$1,000 for a distance of less than 10km.

For every 2km over that distance, the fee should be no more than NT$100, the authorities said.

The rates were set after looking at fees in Hong Kong and Japan, and holding discussions with the taxi companies earlier this year, officials said.

The new fee structure was devised to ease concerns about overcharging and to promote the service, officials said.

It is anticipated that the designated-driver service will be in high demand during major holidays and around the end of the year when people tend to drink heavily, the officials said.

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