Taxi Fares Going Up 14% and Car Seats to be Implemented in Taipei

Taxi Fares Going Up 14% and Car Seats to be Implemented in Taipei
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Taxi fares have not gone up for seven years in the Taipei-Keelung area, but a price hike is predicted to start in October.

Taxi fares have not gone up for seven years in the Taipei-Keelung area, but a price hike is predicted to start in October.

The starting fare of NT$ 70 (approximately US$ 2) will not change, but the meter rate will go up around 14%. Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung will discuss whether to follow up with the price increase later this year.

UDN reports, taking a taxi from the Taipei City Government to the New Taipei City Government, which is approximately 15 km, will cost around NT$ 345 (approximately US$ 10) without delay. Starting in October, the price will be NT$ 413 (approximately US$ 13), increasing around NT$ 68 (approximately US$ 2).

Storm Media reports, the Taipei City Government will also promote implementing car seats in taxis. The Department of Health is working with Taiwan’s largest taxi company, Taiwan Taxi, as well as the largest child safety seat manufacturer, Taiwantrade, by providing 120 car seats for passengers.

Taipei Mayor Ke Wen-zhe says, “We are still an underdeveloped country." In western countries, car seats are quite common in taxis. The mayor calls upon Taiwan to reach the standard of civilized countries in order to avoid child casualties.

Translated by Sarah Grasdijk
Edited by Olivia Yang

Sources:
UDN
Storm Media


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