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Fuel hike won't hit city cab fares

SHANGHAI traffic authorities insisted yesterday that taxi fares will not be increasing, despite fare hikes in other cities due to rising fuel price.

The Shanghai Transport and Port Authority gave the pledge on its website in response to a widespread online rumor that taxi fares would rise by 1 yuan on May 10.

"Any adjustment to taxi fares in the city have to be passed by public hearings," the announcement said.

The authority said the taxi fuel surcharge will remain at 1 yuan, an adjustment passed at a hearing last June. At that hearing it was agreed that the surcharge shall remain unchanged for a year, the announcement said.

As the price for 93-octane gasoline has climbed from 7.85 yuan (US$1.24) to 8.33 yuan per liter, taxi fares are rising in many other cities across the country - including Beijing, Dalian, Xiamen and Kunming.

Yesterday, the taxi fuel surcharge in Beijing was raised from 2 yuan to 3 yuan, though the surcharge is waived for journeys of less than 3 kilometers, China National Radio reported.

In Dalian, Liaoning Province, residents will have to pay a 1 yuan fuel surcharge for each ride from today.

In Xiamen, Fujian Province, fuel surcharges were raised to 3 yuan yesterday. Previously, the surcharge was 1 or 2 yuan.

Also yesterday, in Kunming, Yunnan Province, the fuel surcharge was raised to 3 yuan from 2.5 yuan yesterday.

Shenzhen, in Guangdong Province, was the first city to raise its taxi fuel surcharge - from 3 yuan to 4 yuan - just two days after the oil price hike was announced on March 20.


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