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After the midnight taxi chasing riot and corona distance, it has become so difficult to catch a taxi in the city center late at night.
This is because taxi drivers have left the delivery and courier industries to make a living as the number of customers has decreased during the corona period.
The government today announced a countermeasure to bring back taxi drivers who left.
It was also decided to abolish the system that raises the taxi fare up to KRW 5,000 and forces private taxis to take a day off every few days for the first time in 50 years.
As for other measures, reporter Hong Shin-young will tell you first.
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The late night taxi riots that started after the corona distance was completely lifted in April.
When calling a taxi using a call app between 10 pm and 3 am, the success rate is about one in five.
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“I wish I could be caught even if I paid extra money. It would be onerous if the base rate went up a bit more…”
After Corona, the number of corporate taxi drivers in Seoul dropped by 10,000, from 31,000 to 21,000.
This is because a large number of people have left for higher paying jobs such as delivery and transport services.
The government has announced measures to bring back the taxi drivers who have left.
First of all, it is decided to raise the taxi call fee from the current maximum of 3,000 won to 5,000 won within this month.
Call rates are applied flexibly, for example, if you call from Gangnam Station in Seoul at 12:00 pm, the highest rate is applied.
Of course you can also choose a toll-free call.
However, if you pay the call fee, the taxi driver cannot know the destination, or the related taxis are sent compulsorily.
This is to prevent call rejection.
“We monitor the implementation results so that there is no situation where only the price rises and the success rate of the public does not change…”
It was also decided to delete the subtitle of forcing private taxis to rest.
Seoul has a three-part system of working two days on and one day off, which disappeared almost 50 years after it was implemented during the 1973 oil crisis.
The government has also decided to introduce part-time work so that taxi drivers can only work late at night when they can make more money.
Following the call rate increase, the city of Seoul will increase the late night surcharge time to 10:00 pm and raise basic charges and surcharges, which are expected to increase the burden of taxi fares.
This is Shin-Young Hong from MBC News.
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