Beijing's new taxi fare plan takes effect on Monday. The new plan is an effort by the local government to address the difficulty in hailing a cab in the gridlocked city, as well as improving drivers' incomes.
Will the changing price be a step forward in solving the city's traffic problem?
The base fare will rise from 10 yuan to 13 yuan for the first 3 kilometres, and the rate per km after the first 3 km will rise to 2.3 yuan from the current 2 yuan. Fuel surcharges will go down from 3 yuan to 1 per ride. During rush hour, every five minutes of waiting will be charged equivalent to 2 km of a fare.
The new plan is being welcomed by some drivers.
Passengers take a taxi at the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China, June 10, 2013. The 3-kilometer base fare for a taxi in Beijing rose by 30 percent from 10 yuan (1.6 U.S. dollars) to 13 yuan as of Monday. According to the new plan, a cab fare will be charged at 2.3 yuan per kilometer after the first 3 kilometers.
The increasing taxi fare doesn't seem to have much impact on the passengers.
The adjustment of the taximeter will be applied to all taxis before the end of the month.
Apart from the cab fare, another reform is the launch of an upgraded reservation hotline which begins from June.
According to official figures, during the trial run period from June 1 to 3, the phone booking platform saw 3,707 successful orders out of 7,594 orders. That's a success rate of 49%.
The capital is expected to roll out taxi booking phone apps by the end of June to work with the phone booking platform.