|Above, a taxi outside of Tokyo Station. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
The proposal to lower taxi cab fares in Tokyo is drawing mixed reactions.
According to The Japan News (Yomiuri Shimbun):
A major Tokyo-based taxi company applied early this month to the transport ministry to reduce its minimum taxi fare to ¥410, aiming to attract passengers even for short distances. Elderly and young people mostly welcome this move, but some taxi drivers were puzzled, saying that even if the number of passengers who use taxis for minimum fare distances rises, it will not increase their income.
The fare structure that Nihon Kotsu Co. in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward suggested to the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry on April 5 would lower the current minimum fare of ¥730 for the first two kilometers to ¥410 for the first 1.059 kilometers.
It also plans to charge an additional ¥80 per 237 meters after the minimum fare distance. The current charge after the minimum fare distance is ¥90 per 280 meters.
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