According to the Haikou Price Bureau, the cost of taking a taxi in Haikou will rise by one yuan beginning on January first, 2015. The extra one yuan will go to pay a fuel surcharge, bringing the flag fall cost on taking a taxi in Hainan’s capital city up to 11 RMB, instead of the 10 RMB Haikou dwellers are used to.

After adding the new 1 RMB Fuel Surcharge, taxi fares will be calculated as they were before: 10 RMB for the first 3 kilometers, and an additional 2 RMB per additional kilometer.

As taxi drivers generally do not speak English, it is best to provide the name of your destination in Chinese.

It is illegal for taxi drivers to bargain for a higher price, refuse to provide service, or force passengers to unwillingly share a taxi.

The Haikou Transportation Authority hopes that this additional fuel surcharge will help to eliminate these illegal practices by making it easier for taxi drivers and companies to earn a fair wage.

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