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Cab fares may rise in Taipei, New Taipei and Keelung

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei City Public Transportation Office (PTO) Chief Secretary Shang Chin-tang (尚錦堂) yesterday said that a proposal that seeks to increase taxi rates in Taipei, New Taipei and Keelung is currently under review.

Local media reported early yesterday that cab fares in Taipei, New Taipei and Keelung are likely to rise. In response to the report, the PTO released a statement stating that the current proposal, as drafted by the Business Association of Taipei Taxi Transportation (台北市計程車客運商業同業公會) and associated taxi unions, is currently under review and is yet to be finalized.

The current taxi rate calculation in Taipei City is in agreement with the 2007 regulations set by the Department of Transportation of the Taipei City Government. According to the Highway Act, said Shang, a review can be proposed every two years in regard to transportation. Reportedly the joint taxi associations proposed a plan for rate increases in accordance with the act in March. However, as part of the content needs clarification, the department suggested the associations reconsider the proposal. After internal reviews, the association resubmitted their proposal to the PTO in May.

The PTO has also released a statement saying that cab rates have not been adjusted since 2007. In light of recent inflation, the majority of taxi drivers and their representing associations display an overall consensus in hoping for a fare increase for the taxi business.

Considering the overall taxi driver consensus, Shang has said that the PTO will deliberate the proposal according to legal procedures. And since the three cities are considered a shared business district by taxies, said Shang, various experts from the cities will be asked to take part in deciding the possibility of cab fare increases in the future.

Taoyuan Airport to Increase Service Charge

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is set to increase the airport service charge that has remained the same for the last 27 years, from NT$300 to NT$500. Purportedly, a proposal for a rate increase from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications has received preliminary consent from the Executive Yuan. The 67-percent increase is planned to create a reserve fund for use in the construction of Terminal 3 as well as the Taoyuan Aerotropolis.

A representative from the airport has stated that, as regulated by Article 39 of the Act for the Development of Tourism (發展觀光條例), airport service charges are established for facility expansions and upgrades. In comparison to the NT$600 to NT$2000 service charges observed in international airports around the world, the representative said, the planned increase for Taoyuan airport is relatively low.

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Cabs roam the streets during working hours in Taiwan. Taxi unions have proposed an increase in current cab fares, which have remained the same since 2007. (CNA)

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