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Jiading to raise the fares of local cabs

The Jiading District government has announced plans to increase the taxi fares in the district as it works to improve the services of cab drivers, officials said yesterday.

The fares of downtown taxis will remain the same.

A public hearing will be held on Wednesday over plans to increase the fares for additional miles by 30 percent and night charge by 20 percent.

As per the plans, the fares will go up to 3.1 yuan (51 US cents) per kilometer from the current 2.4 yuan when the mileage is above 10 kilometers, the Jiading construction and traffic commission said in a statement on its website.

The starting price for night fare from 11pm and 5am will be raised to 13 yuan from the current 11 yuan.

Additional charges will also raised to 2.9 yuan from 2.4 yuan when the mileage is over 3 kilometers at night.

“The fare increase will improve the drivers’ services for long distance and at night,” an official with commission said.

Only taxis with car plate number started with C can pick up passengers in the district, or drivers face punishment.

Jiading drivers all too often refuse to take long-distance passengers because the additional charges for over 3 kilometers are too low.

They also refuse to ply at night because the night charges are the same as day.

“We would rather ply short distances and earn more with the current fare structure,” a Jiading taxi driver said.

He said if they go outside the district, they are more likely to return empty and consume more fuel, he said.

But some passengers expressed concern that any hike in fares will only benefit illegal taxis who charge less than the regular cabs.

Separate taxis specially intended for the suburbs were first introduced in 2000.

Shanghai now has a total of 5,408 taxis belonging to 18 taxi companies which operate in the suburban districts. The city’s construction and traffic commission has allowed the district governments to set the fares for themselves for a year now. 



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