Taxi surcharge to apply during Lunar New Year holiday in Taipei area

Taxi services in Taipei will be subject to a surcharge in the run up to the Chinese New Year holiday and for the duration of the festive period, the city's Public Transportation Office said on Friday.

From Jan. 23 to Feb. 1, passengers will be charged NT$20 per journey in addition to the standard fare, according to the office.

Taxi drivers will be required to use a function in their new meters that automatically adds the surcharge to the fare and directly displays the total on the meter, the office said.

Drivers who fail to use the function as requested and those still using old meters are not eligible to ask for the additional payment, it said.

The office urged passengers to ask for a receipt when taking a taxi in the city and report drivers who overcharge.

A similar surcharge is likely to apply to taxis in New Taipei, Keelung and other areas around Taiwan during the New Year holidays.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel