Taxi fares in Seoul will inevitably rise. One union wants at least ₩1,500 increase, but another union wants it to be increased by ₩1,000 at most. The current base fare is ₩3,000, which seems inexpensive compared to other major metropolitan areas around the world.
Many internet users are balking at the idea of an increase, but this seems important to note:
People involved in issue mostly agree that an increase is inevitable, because the starting fare has been frozen for five years while 40 percent of corporate taxi companies are short of drivers.
The current taxi scheme is simply unsustainable. Further, if the increase attracts more drivers, returning home late on the weekends would be less hellish and KakaoTaxi would be noticeably more useful.