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Seoul Approves Women-only Taxis and Rejection-proof Call Taxis

Seoul Approves Women-only Taxis and Rejection-proof Call Taxis

SEOUL, Dec. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced on Wednesday that it plans to introduce call taxis specifically designed to prevent taxi drivers from rejecting customers as well as reservation taxis available exclusively for female customers before the end of the year. These taxis will be allowed to operate immediately following official [...]

Move to Ban All Carpool Activities Spurs Controversy

Move to Ban All Carpool Activities Spurs Controversy

SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — A bill banning all carpool activities currently allowed during commuting hours was submitted to the Land, Infrastructure and Transport Committee at the National Assembly on Thursday, a move that could deepen the divide between IT companies and the taxi industry over the carpooling issue. The bill specifically seeks the [...]

Seoul Proposes Taxi for Pets Based on Existing Taxi Network

Seoul Proposes Taxi for Pets Based on Existing Taxi Network

SEOUL, Nov. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is pushing for a new type of transportation service catering solely to pets and women on a reservation basis, utilizing existing taxi networks. According to the SMG, city officials are reviewing the adoption of new modes of taxi services including taxis for pets, the [...]

New “One-Strike” Policy Under Consideration as Seoul Pushes for Taxi Fare Hike

New “One-Strike” Policy Under Consideration as Seoul Pushes for Taxi Fare Hike

SEOUL, Oct. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul Metropolitan Government, which is in the process of developing a taxi fare hike plan, is considering the implementation of a “one-strike policy” that would result in the suspension of taxi licenses if drivers are found to refuse passengers. The measure is aimed at addressing public criticism that [...]

Seoul’s New QR Code Payment for Taxis to Prevent Overcharging

Seoul’s New QR Code Payment for Taxis to Prevent Overcharging

SEOUL, Oct. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — For the first time in South Korea, the Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to adopt a system in which dynamic QR codes are used to easily pay taxi fares. The city’s plan for a QR code payment standard for taxis will be compatible with various payment methods. Starting in January [...]

Majority of S. Koreans Back Kakao’s Carpool: Poll

Majority of S. Koreans Back Kakao’s Carpool: Poll

SEOUL, Oct. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — More than half of South Koreans back the planned launch of Kakao Corp.’s carpool service, which sparked angry protests from the taxi industry, a survey showed Monday. In a survey conducted by Realmeter with 500 adults across the country Friday, 56 percent of the respondents said they agree with [...]

Taxi Drivers Ready to Wage War over Kakao’s Carpooling App

Taxi Drivers Ready to Wage War over Kakao’s Carpooling App

SEOUL, Oct. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — The upcoming launch of a carpooling service by Internet giant Kakao has sparked taxi drivers to consider taking drastic measures, including a strike, as the conflict continues to escalate. The carpooling service currently permitted by the government is validated by a clause in the transportation law that allows exceptions [...]

Taxi Drivers Protest Against Kakao’s “Illegal” Carpooling Venture

Taxi Drivers Protest Against Kakao’s “Illegal” Carpooling Venture

SEONGNAM, Oct. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean taxi drivers held a second round of demonstrations in front of the head office of Kakao Mobility situated in Pangyo, Seongnam in Gyeonggi Province yesterday, protesting against Kakao’s expected carpool service. Over 500 members of the “committee against illegal carpooling” – composed of four taxi-related labor unions [...]

Hearing Impaired Drivers to Offer Taxi Services in Seoul

Hearing Impaired Drivers to Offer Taxi Services in Seoul

SEOUL, Aug. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — A new smartphone application known as “Goyohan Taxi” created by a group of college students will allow those who are hearing impaired to drive taxis in Seoul. The application was created by a social venture called Coactus, led by Song Min-pyo, a senior at Dongguk University’s computer engineering department. [...]