Not too long ago, the taxi fare made an increase to 2,400 won (2009)?in Seoul. Recently, a plan to increase costs have been announce again. Despite the poor taxi service, the city plans to make an increase to help improve the taxi business no later than October.
Seoul is negotiating with the taxi union to come to an agreement about the costs. It is expected to rise to about 2,800 ~ 3,000 won. As the fare costs rise, the driver’s monthly income is plannned to increase by 230,000 won according to the labor and management representatives of taxi companies. The wage increase is the main determinant of public transportation costs, in general.
Another added on reason to the increase is the rise of gasoline prices. The rise of gasoline prices leaves driver’s and taxi companies with minimal margin. The city transportation chief, Yun Jun-Byeong, also justifies the rising costs to improve the drivers’ work conditions.
Along with the raised costs, the city proposed to push forward an hour for the nighttime operations. During nighttime operation, a 20% surcharge is added to the basic taxi fare.
?Do you think it is reasonable for Seoul to raise the taxi fare?