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Taxi Apps Remove The Add Fee Function. Other Options For Cabs
By Oct 31, 2014
It looks like the tipping/add fee function on popular cab software Didi Dache is gone. No longer is there a functionality on the popular smartphone app that lets you add tips in increments of 10rmb to assure priority service.

Our guess is that this is most likely just an act of lip service. There is always a loophole. You can still use the voice messaging function to just tell the driver you're willing to tip. Or, if you're able to type in Chinese, you can hit the 消话 and type the amount your willing to pay (e.g. "加10快"). Either way, it's highly unlikely your cabbie will turn down the offer of a little extra cash.

In related news, Didi Dache also added a new "Zhuan Che" service to the app a few months ago to compete with Uber. I've used this to take an A6 to work a few times, for double the regular fare.

Interestingly, you can still add a fee when you need one of these, but only 10rmb, 30rmb, or 50rmb. Think of this as a luxury black taxi, as these are all private drivers. Most are nicer cars like Audis and Toyotas, but there's also some average cars. You can see the car model and the driver's stars on the screen when you order it, and if you don't like the car you can cancel. Note, you will need some basic Chinese reading skills to use this function.

For more info on installing and using Didi Dache, read our article on Chinese apps. And you can always call 96822 or 62580000 to get a cab directly from the taxi company.

But here's some good news in the world of cabs. The government is going to start cracking down on those cabs that hide the backseat safety belts. For anyone who has tried to find the seat belt in the backseat, only to have the driver tell them "oh it's there" when it's clearly buried deep under the seat, this is a small victory.

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  • 3 years ago Fubaobao

    I took my first "People's Uber" on Thursday night / Friday morning around 12:30am. People's Uber is Uber's answer to Lyft, in a manner of speaking. Normal putongren with a car can offer services after going through a brief background check.

    I was informed that a driver would arrive in 5 minutes, and then he texted me in English saying so. When trying this previously, no drivers were available. The system said I'd be picked up in a volkswagen, fine. What came to get me? A brand new Jaguar sedan. The driver wants adventure in his life, lived 5 minutes away, and left his wife and kid late at night just to get the experience. People's uber is cheap and apparently, however, can result in other people being picked up along the way to your destination with some cost sharing. For me, I did not have that experience, and arrived at my destination for 18RMB, for what is usually a 24 RMB cab ride at that time of night.

    People's uber may have good potential here. The glitch seems to be identifying the make of the car you're in, but the plate # will be the same. I still find most drivers for any uber service to want to call me EVERY TIME to confirm the address of your location. If you can't speak Chinese, make sure you are able to at least text them any particular details about tricky pickups, or hand off to somebody.

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