I guess this qualifies as good news, but not by much.

Every fifth taxi driver charges more than he should for fares. This is an improvement from several months ago, said assistant mayor Rudolf Blažek in a report he presented to the Prague city council yesterday.

In the report, he also pointed out that complaints against taxi drivers have also fallen, from 53 last year to 13 this year. Since April 2002, spot checks on taxi drivers have been in force nonstop, and this is given as a main reason for the decline in complaints.

Let me get this straight. It’s considered progress that “only” one fifth of Prague taxi fares are overcharged?