Long promised changes to Shanghai taxi fares will officially take effect today. Read on to see what it all means for you (Hint: More money).
The flag-down fare in downtown districts will be up by 1 yuan to 14 yuan. The fare rate after the first 3 kilometers will also be more costly. Every kilometer reached between 3 and 15 kilometers will now cost 2.50 yuan, up from 2.40 yuan.
However, the 1-yuan fuel surtax will be removed from the fare bill. This means that the minimum cost for hiring a taxi downtown will stay the same.
Meanwhile, rides beyond 15 km will cost 3.75 yuan for each kilometer after that. The previous rate was 3.60 yuan after the 10th kilometer.
The cost of waiting will also rise. Previously, a passenger would be charged a 1-kilometer fare for every five minutes of waiting at times of congestion. Now this has risen to every 4 minutes.
Unlike regular taxis, the flag-down rate for the bigger VW Touran cabs will jump to 16 yuan, 2 yuan higher than the current rate.
The city’s transport authority has said that most of the extra income resulting from the fare increases will be kept by the cabbies themselves, but didn’t say exactly how.
According to Shanghai Daily, the measure was voted on in January with 22 of the 24 people representing the public supporting the rise in fares.
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