Basic taxi fare in Seoul rises to 3,000 won starting Saturday
Haling a cab is about to get pricier in Seoul.
Starting 4 a.m., Saturday the base fare for taxis will increase to 3-thousand won, or about 2-dollars and 80-cents.
This is up 25-percent from the current 24-hundred won, or about 2-dollars and 20-cents.
The fares for deluxe taxis and van taxis will also go up by 500-won to 5-thousand won, or to about 4-dollars and 6-cents.
This is the first time in four years that taxi fares in Seoul are going up, following an outcry from taxi operators who said that current fares did not match inflation.
Yet some taxi drivers say that the fare hike is still not enough.
"The basic fare is increasing, but realistically, it does not help relieve our financial woes."
In addition to the hike in the base fare, passengers traveling by taxi between Seoul and 11 surrounding cities, including Ilsan and Bundang, will be charged an extra fee.
This extra charge was abolished in 2009, but the Seoul city government is reintroducing it as part of its response to the taxi companies.
The city also says it hopes the price hike will enhance taxi services in the city.
The last time there was a fare hike was back in 2009, when the base fare went from 19-hundred won to the current 24-hundred won.
Connie Lee, Arirang News.
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