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Q: Are there regulations regarding taxi fares and bad driving conditons?

Recently, it's been snowing a lot in my city and now  the roads are terrible, traffic is slow, and taxi drivers are charging a premium rate. But, are taxi drivers legally allowed to increase the rate of fares when the road conditions are poor? 

 

A route I normally take to the gym by taxi costs 5rmb, but tonight two different taxi drivers asked for more. One taxi driver wanted 10rmb and the other 20rmb. I basically told both of them to go to hell.

 

I understand driving conditions are bad, and in a free market economy this would make perfect sense, but these are public taxis. Are they not regulated by the government? I know bus fares don't go up when the roads are bad. How can taxi drivers get away with this shit?

 

 

3 years 34 weeks ago in  Transport & Travel - China

 
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In Anshan, Lioning taxi can refuse ride to the city center (3-4km), because they are waiting for longer ride. 15 cabs waiting by the road. Midnight, -20*C. Not higher price, but just 'no'.

I called my GF, who came with cab to the Railway Station and get me after some 1.5h wait. I always had to call her to get me off the RS.

Nothing wrong in her opinion. 'They are waiting for somebody to Shenyang.'

If I would be a visitor, I'd be forced to sleep outside. 

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You take a taxi to the gym? How ironic!

 

And yes, each (legal) taxi company has numbers that you can call to report aberrations in service.

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Point to the number on the meter. Make sure you give him exact change. If he says anything else then you say "Ting bu dong" and start crying. Works for me.

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In Anshan, Lioning taxi can refuse ride to the city center (3-4km), because they are waiting for longer ride. 15 cabs waiting by the road. Midnight, -20*C. Not higher price, but just 'no'.

I called my GF, who came with cab to the Railway Station and get me after some 1.5h wait. I always had to call her to get me off the RS.

Nothing wrong in her opinion. 'They are waiting for somebody to Shenyang.'

If I would be a visitor, I'd be forced to sleep outside. 

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The simple answer is 'no'.

 

The simpler answer is "TIC".

 

I['ve heard in some cities, the taxi companies have more power/control than the government...all gangland style stuff that the police are too scared to do anything about!

 

However... if you happen to live in a more civilised city, then yes. Best way out of this - take a photo of their ID. If they 'ting bu dong' you - which will be quite likely, start ringing the phone number they have there. That seems to work (certainly, the photo tends to move them a bit - but that will depend on your city... in Nanjing, it words!)

 

Also, ask for  - DEMAND - the fapiao!!!

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Legal does not matter in this country. If the taxi companies bribe the official responsible for overseeing taxis, then you have no one to complain.

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5 RMB !!!! damn the minimum charge in GZ is 10 rmb. and what shining said is true take a pic and call the number, they will freak out.

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It's definitely illegal, but good luck trying to do something about it.  I've complained to the taxi bureau or whatever they're called.  A guy pulled up, saw I was a foreigner, then drove away.  I got the license plate number and called the complaint number.  They weren't apologetic and called it a "misunderstanding."  More worthless regulation in China.

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