Maximum prices for taxi services in the district of the capital city of Prague:
A ride in the district of the capital city of Prague 28 CZK/km
Boarding fee (flag fall) 40 CZK (1.65 EUR)
Waiting 6 CZK / 1 min (0.25 EUR)
These prices can be raised within a year.
Prague has quite a bad reputation as a taxi-friendly city. And according to some transport companies a new law designed to clarify the rules is only serving to cause more anger and confusion.
The law, which took effect on May 1 2013, aims to clamp down on illegal practices by unifying existing regulations and making a clear distinction between conventional metered taxi companies and private-hire firms providing passenger transport services for fixed prices without meters. This law is effective for all carriers using vehicles with a capacity of up to eight passengers, not affecting bus carriers.
Under the legislation, all drivers will have to be employed by their carrier, as well as be the registered owner of the vehicle or operator of the vehicle (and be registered with the taxi vehicle register) and possess their own taxi licence. Previously, only the company itself was required to hold a licence, meaning a driver who had been banned from working for one firm could simply have found work with another.
Authorities believe that the new law will lower the practice of ripping off unsuspecting customers, but there are always potential loopholes. All companies will be subject to a maximum rate (in Prague, this is 28 CZK per kilometre set by the local municipal authority), while fares not determined by a meter must be agreed in advance and stated in a written contract between the driver or taxi company and customer.
Many limousine and private carries are not happy about the new law. According to them, it is unreasonable to expect companies that count expensive vehicles like Audis and Mercedes among their fleets to be restricted on the price they can charge. Some taxi companies say it's not also possible for them to plan every single journey and give the names of their clients, because they often wish to remain anonymous.
Drivers found to be in breach of the new rules could face fines of up to 50,000 CZK and have their licence suspended for two years.
On Thursday 15 September 2011 the Prague magistrate decided in favour of stricter measures against dishonest taxi drivers. This was made possible by the amended Road Act, which introduces new options such as collecting deposits, which can serve as an advance payment of fines, confiscating a vehicle, or seizing documents to the vehicle. The situation with Prague taxi drivers has been bad for a long time. At present we are using all means to punish the taxi operators and drivers who breach the law, but some problems persist. However these are no longer problems of large numbers, but rather problems with specific groups or individuals. These problems cannot be solved fast within the framework of the present legislation, said the mayor of Prague, Bohuslav Svoboda. The problem is that the troublesome taxi drivers are not afraid of any punishment.