Chance for 40,000 to improve taxi service

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 May, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 May, 1999, 12:00am

Some 40,000 taxi drivers may be able to join a training scheme to improve their services.

Transport officials say the initiative would help them upgrade their written and driving tests.

The move is part of a series of new proposals from a committee set up to improve cab services.

Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung, head of the Ad-hoc Quality Taxi Services Steering Committee, which held its first meeting yesterday, said: 'It is always good to upgrade drivers' training.

'There is no major problem with the 40,000 Hong Kong taxi drivers and compared with the rest of the world they are quite good, but there is always room for improvement.' He said a six-month study on improving taxi service quality would be set up in July to gauge service quality and driver performance.

Officials are also looking at setting up a taxi driver award scheme and publishing cab drivers' newsletters.

The committee comprises members of the Transport Advisory Committee, the taxi trade, Hong Kong Tourist Association, police and the Consumer Council.