The following is a translated summary of a report from the local press. It has been edited for clarity, including the addition of links and information needed for readers unfamiliar with Jeju. — Ed.
The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs has said it will go ahead with a plan to raise the fare surcharge for taxis to 4,100 won by 2018. The Feb. 17 announcement also outlined a plan to decrease the number of taxis nationwide to 20,000 cars and to raise the average monthly wages of drivers to 2 million won. The government is attempting to improve conditions in the taxi industry, pointing to problems such as underpaid drivers and a surplus of taxicabs. In addition, new protective doors and airbags will be considered for drivers’ safety. On-duty drivers will also be subject to regular breathalyzer tests. — Jeju Sori