Worry rises among Sanya taxi drivers after the flag-down fare increase
"Before Sept.1, I could make daily earnings of more than 300 yuan, but till now I never have had a daily income over 200 yuan,” Mr. Meng, who has been a taxi driver in Sanya for 6 years told a reporter.
The first reaction for many residents is to try to skip taxi rides after noticing the fare hike up from 5 yuan to 8 yuan, he also added.
Resident Miss. Li said the previous daily trip from her home in Waimao Road to her office in Mingzhu Square area would just cost around 5 yuan.
"I will instead get up earlier to catch the bus rather than continue to use taxis, where I can save several hundred Yuan per month.”
For long-term taxi passengers, the increase in taxi fares makes little impact on them as they think the extra 3 yuan is a reasonable price to pay for the sake of convenience.
Compared to the unpromising taxi business, the situation of taking taxis in the downtown center has improved significantly. Many residents found it easier catching one within a short waiting time.