Taxi fares in Shanghai are going up in 2015, according to an announcement from the Shanghai Municipal Development and Reform Commission. Two plans have been put forward by the Shanghai Transport Commission and a hearing will be held on January 9 to decide which version to adopt, Xinhua News reports.
Under plan A, the flag-down fare will be increased from ￥14 to ￥15 and ￥2.5 will be charged for each kilometer after the first 3km compared to ￥2.4 at present. Under plan B, the flag-down fare would remain unchanged, but the cost of each kilometer after the first 3km would go up to ￥2.7.
Under both plans, every 4 minutes of waiting time or low-speed driving (below 12kph) will cost the equivalent of a 1-kilometer charge.
There is also going to be a surcharge of ￥2 for Touran cars (longtime Shanghai expats will know them as the Expo cabs). Night time surcharges for travel between 11pm and 5am will remain unchanged at 30%.
According to calculations by the Shanghai Transport Commission, plan A would increase driver incomes by ￥1.4 per trip and plan B by ￥1.6 per trip. But as one Qiangsheng taxi driver Yang Hongmei told Shanghai Daily, “How the rise will affect our incomes will also depend on the follow-up policy made by the company.”
Beijing raised its taxi fares last year. The last time fares were upped in Shanghai was in 2011.
By Dina Li