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Shanghai taxi fares to increase tomorrow

Shanghai will introduce new taxi fares starting tomorrow, charging passengers 2 yuan (30 US cents) more per trip to deal with higher fuel costs.

The flag-down fare will rise to 13 yuan from 12 yuan, and a new fuel surcharge of 1 yuan per trip will also be applied, the Shanghai Development and Reform Commission said today.

The new and old rates will co-exist among the city's approximately 49,000 taxis till the end of the month as it takes time for taxi firms to upgrade meters, officials said.

The city government had offered two price-hike options for public hearing. In that abandoned proposal, the flag-down rate would remain unchanged but the per kilometer fee after the first three kilometers would rise to 2.7 yuan from 2.4 yuan.

A night trip after 11pm will start at 18 yuan, including fuel surcharge, from 16 yuan now.

Transport officials said the city will intensify its crackdown on illegal cars which may see rising business after the price increases in licensed cabs.


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