Fuel Surcharge Back to 3 yuan Over the Weekend
The ever changing taxi fuel surcharge continues over the weekend when once again the city has increased the fuel surcharge for red cabs by 1 yuan after the national increase of gasoline prices last week. Once again the surcharge is at the 3 yuan level as seen in 2011 and earlier this year. Fuel surcharges for green cabs remain unchanged at 2 yuan.
Prices of octane-93 gas jumped from 7.34 yuan per liter to 7.66 yuan per liter last Friday. And based on the city taxi fare mechanism that is tied to gas prices, drivers are allowed to add the 1 yuan fuel surcharge once gas prices are between 7.41 yuan to 8.28 yuan per liter. Fares for red cabs in Shenzhen starts at 10 yuan, which means a short trip, can cost 13 yuan with the increased fuel surcharge. And with the constant fluctuation of the fuel charges passengers are complaining that 13 yuan is too expensive for a short ride. Although the increased in fuel surcharges can help offset cost in fuel, but causes a loss in customers.
This was the fourth change in fuel surcharges in Shenzhen since March when fuel surcharges were increased from 3 to 4 yuan the highest in China. Then was lowered back to 3 yuan in May and to 2 yuan in July after the decrease in gas prices across China.