It is being discussed to advance the taxi surcharge time from 12 pm to 10 pm by 2 hours.

As distance is lifted and it is difficult to catch a taxi late at night these days, such a plan is being considered. 

By Nam Jung-min, staff reporter. 


People after the meeting are lined up on the roadside to catch a taxi. 

Even if I call it through the app, it is hardly caught. 

On the first day of the complete lifting of the distance, the number of late-night taxi sales nearly doubled compared to last February, when the business was restricted at 9 pm. 

However, taxi service only increased by 62%. 

The lack of drivers has exposed a limit to the supply of taxis.

In order to solve the problem of night taxi shortage in Seoul, a plan to extend the late-night surcharge is being considered. 

The surcharge period, which is from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., will be extended by 2 hours from 10:00 p.m. 

During this time, the basic fare, which is 3,800 won per 2km, will increase by 20% to 4,600 won. 

In effect, it is a rate increase. 

The Seoul Metropolitan Government drew a line saying that it is true that a proposal from the taxi industry complaining of financial difficulties has been received and is being reviewed, but whether or not to implement it has not been decided yet. 

As the burden of fees increases, the process of public debate is expected to suffer.

[Shin Sang-woo / Gangseo-gu, Seoul: (extended premium) I agree.

If there are more taxi drivers, it will be easier for people in Seoul to use it...]

[Lee Byung-hoon/Guro-gu, Seoul: Take a taxi, but it costs a few thousand won more...


We think the later the better.] The

Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to start discussing the matter after the local elections on June 1, but it is expected that it will take several more months for the actual implementation to take place. 

Adjustment of taxi fares directly related to the cost of living must go through strict procedures such as public hearings and the Inflation Measures Deliberation Committee. 

(Video coverage: Chan-soo Lee, video editing: Chun-bae Park, VJ: Hyung-jin Kim)