Paris to keep taxis in townwith rush-hour fare rise

22nd July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 21 (AFP) - Paris taxis will soon be charging more for peak-hour pick-ups under a plan to stop them rushing out of the French capital for more lucrative fares at the airports, officials said.

PARIS, July 21 (AFP) - Paris taxis will soon be charging more for peak-hour pick-ups under a plan to stop them rushing out of the French capital for more lucrative fares at the airports, officials said.

The surcharge of EUR 1.50 euros (USD 1.84) per trip during the hours of 7-10 am and 5-7 pm will be offset by a price reduction during the daytime off-peak hours, according to the scheme drawn up by Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe and approved Tuesday by Finance Minister Nicolas Sarkozy.

The plan is aimed at stopping taxi drivers leaving during commuter rush hours to pick up passengers at the Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports who pay for much longer trips compared to city passengers who often go only a few kilometres (miles).

No date has yet been set for the change which has to be worked out in detail by a state consumer agency.

According to Le Monde newspaper, of the 6,000-9,000 taxis available at any hour during the day in Paris, up to 3,000 can be found lining up at the airports, leaving 25,000 people in the city looking in vain for a ride.

 

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