It’s easier to catch a taxi in the middle of the night, but Seoul city supplies 3,000 extra late-night taxis and expands operating hours
The Seoul Metropolitan Government will supply about 3,000 additional taxis, including expanding the operation of exclusive late-night taxis to solve the problem of late-night taxi rides.
The city of Seoul announced on May 4 that it would pursue additional measures to improve the taxi supply during the late night hours. As a result of an analysis by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the number of taxis required between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. the next day is about 24,000. However, the actual number of taxis in operation was only about 20,000, and it was calculated that about 4,000 taxis were insufficient than the actual demand.
First of all, the start time of late-night taxi operation has been advanced from 9 pm to 5 pm and extended by 4 hours. At the time of the temporary cancellation of the three-part personal taxi system implemented on April 20, the fact that taxis could only be operated at 9pm hindered the participation rate of private taxi operators in late-night operation, and only about 2,000 were supplied. The city plans to increase operating hours to improve profits and encourage active participation of private taxi operators.
In addition, requests for group change from private taxis to late-night taxis are always permitted. Weekday taxis will move to late-night shifts, which have a high rate of transportation revenue, and will be able to operate until Sunday. The city of Seoul expected that it would contribute to an increase in the weekend utilization rate. Through this, it is expected that the number of late-night taxis will be increased by an additional 2,700. In addition, the supply of corporate taxis can be changed from daytime to nighttime, increasing the supply by 300 to increase the operation rate of late-night taxis.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government predicted that if the effect of removing the subtitle, which has been in effect since the 20th of last month, is added to the effect of expanding late-night taxis and corporate taxis, the number of late-night taxis will be added from 2,000 to 3,000, resulting in an increase of 5,000 in total.
In addition, the operation of a ‘temporary boarding stand’ will be promoted every day from May 9th for easier taxi rides. Until the late-night taxi crisis is resolved and the supply is stable, we will provide dedicated boarding stands in three areas with high demand for taxis, such as Hongik University, Gangnam Station, and Jongno, so that citizens can find taxis quickly.
“To respond to the surge in demand for late-night taxis, we are devising all measures that can be implemented immediately,” said Baekho, head of the city’s urban transport office.
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