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Cab prices remain stable despite gas rises

SHANGHAI'S taxi authority said it will not increase cab fares to reflect increasing gas prices after Beijing's cabs announced a price rise today.

Several taxi companies said they have not received any notice to include a surcharge in their cab fares, according to

Cab passengers in Beijing will have to pay one yuan extra (14 US cents) but it is not clear when this will start, reported The Beijing News today.

Taxi price in Shanghai rose by 10 percent last month, raising minimum fares by 1 yuan to 12 yuan and increasing the per-kilometer charge by 0.3 yuan to 2.4 yuan after the first 3km.

On Monday, China raised fuel prices by more than 7 percent and pump prices in Shanghai jumped even higher as the city also adopted new emission standards to help clean up its air.

Taxi drivers in Shanghai are paid a monthly subsidy of more than 400 yuan to make up for the fuel costs, according to the newspaper.


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