Fuel Surcharges Adjustments Made in LIne with Decrease in Gas Prices
As of today Shenzhen’s taxi fuel surcharge is back to 3 yuan. The city transportation commission said that move bought back the fuel surcharge back to 3 yuan after it was increased to 4 yuan that followed the fuel price increase in March. The surcharge adjustments came after the recent decrease in the price of No. 93 gasoline which is now at 8.1 yuan per liter from the previous price of 8.37 yuan.
Red and green cabs fuel surcharge is now at 3 yuan and according to the taxi fare mechanism that depends on the gasoline prices, authorities can increase and decrease the fuel surcharges by 1 yuan when the No. 93 gasoline increases or decreases into a fixed price category. And since the No. 93 gasoline is now at 8.1 yuan per liter it fits into the 7.41 to 8.28 yuan price category therefore fuel surcharge is adjusted accordingly.
The surcharge change came unexpectedly and without the two month observation period. In March the fuel surcharge was increase from 3 yuan to 4 yuan giving the city the highest taxi related fuel surcharge in China which followed the national increase in gas prices. The fuel surcharges were intended to offset the burden the surcharges inflict to the cab drivers which is caused by the increase in gas prices. But most of the drivers claimed that there were no changes instead they noticed that their income have reduced since the loss of short trip riders.
Drivers said that the government should charge by the distance satisfying both the driver and the passenger, it is understandable to set a fare fuel mechanism but it is unfair to charge the same fee for a short distance trip or a long distance trip.