South Korea: Over 200,000 Taxi Drivers go on first-ever strike image

More than 200,000 South Korean taxi drivers staged a rare day-long nationwide strike Wednesday, demanding a fare increase and the right to burn diesel amid rising fuel costs.

Base taxi fares in South Korea have been capped at $2.07 since 2009, and the country’s more than 100,000 cab drivers say that isn’t enough.

Most South Korean taxis run on liquid petroleum gas, the price of which has risen nearly 30 percent since the government cap was enacted, Bloomberg said.

Transport agencies across the country scheduled more trains and buses to help commuters.

“Sorry about the inconvenience to the public… but everything from utilities to food prices are rising, except for taxi fares!” a rally organiser shouted through a loudspeaker, drawing cheers from the crowd.

Talks between the government and taxi drivers last took place on June 12 and ended without a resolution, according to Kim at the taxi association. The government is examining the demands, said Kim at the transport ministry.