Join 'Tag a Taxi' campaign

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 August, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 August, 1997, 12:00am

I appreciate the letter by C. S. Harry Blud (South China Morning Post, July 23) which was in response to mine (Post, July 12) on the subject of taxis in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong taxi drivers are however a law unto themselves.

The annual success rate in prosecutions against malpractice is pathetic. A dedicated team of a dozen taxi vigilantes in civilian clothing could notch up the same score in 24 hours and force the cowboy drivers to toe the line.

And is it too much to demand that taxi drivers know their way around Hong Kong? Why is it that in peak periods a prospective fare with the wave of a $100 bill can bring an 'Out of Service' taxi to a screeching, rubber-burning halt and a welcoming open door? Can drivers not also be forced to turn their radios down to something less than ear-splitting volume? Requiring taxi drivers to speak a modicum of English is not, as one of your correspondents claims, the same as asking a London cabbie to be fluent in Cantonese.

Hong Kong depends to a very large measure on the billions of dollars brought in by tourists and for many of these, the lingua franca is English.

Anyone like to join my 'Tag a Taxi' campaign to flood the authorities with calls and faxes every time an offence is detected? TED THOMAS Causeway Bay