Taxi base fee to increase to MOP19

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The base fee for the city’s black taxis will be raised from MOP17 to MOP19 starting July 23, the Transport Bureau (DSAT) announced yesterday.
According to the Bureau, the last adjustment happened in 2014.
Aside from the increase in the base fee, the subsequent metre-count will be reduced from 260 metres to 240 metres, with every 240 metres after the flag costing MOP2.
For additional charges, an extra MOP5 will be charged for those whose destination is the Taipa Ferry Terminal and the University of Macau.
Other additional charges such as the baggage fee remain unchanged.
Lam Hin San, the director of DSAT, emphasised that the adjustment is an attempt to balance the demands of different parties in the city.
He also agreed to consider setting up a regular adjustment mechanism for taxi fees, based on criteria such as the inflation rate.
When asked about the quality of taxi services, the director revealed that harsher penalties will be imposed on any taxi violations.
The director said the regulation bill for taxi services will include higher penalties to act as a stronger deterrence.
“We would also consider other actions such as confiscating taxi drivers’ permits,” said the DSAT director. “We will announce when we have settled on a solid plan,” he added.
Director Lam noted that the new taxi fee adjustment will also be implemented for Radio Taxis.