Taxi drivers up in number while overcharging decreases, say Prague officials


The number of licensed taxi drivers in the Czech capital rose by 12 percent last year, with 5,900 registered by the end of 2009. Prague City Hall says its figures also show an improvement in the quality of taxi services in the city. Officials say checks revealed that drivers overcharged for 11 percent of rides in 2007; in 2009 similar checks uncovered overcharging in only 1 percent of cases. There was also a significant fall in the amount taxi companies were fined.