By: Hao Hsueh-ching and Lilian Wu
Taipei, April 30 (CNA) Taxi fares in Taichung, central Taiwan will see a slight increase starting May 15, the Taichung city government announced Saturday.
Taximeters will be replaced starting from Sept. 1, it added.
In view of the fact that the majority of people ride for only short distances, the starting fee will remain unchanged at NT$85 (US$2.63), in line with the starting price of taxis in Tainan and Kaohsiung, but will be lower than the NT$95 charged in Taoyuan.
The remainder of the journey will be charged at NT$5 per 200 meters, while waiting time will be charged at NT$5 for every two minutes.
After the new rate system is put in place, taking an average ride of five kilometers as an example, the charge will be NT$170, up 9.7 percent from the current NT$155. [FULL STORY]