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  • Jul 23, 2014
  • Updated: 9:07am

Taken for ride by cabbies

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 October, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 October, 1993, 12:00am

IT's about time that someone finally took responsibility for the ridiculous situation regarding taxi services.


Securing a taxi in this town is only half the battle. Dealing with the drivers' attitude, especially if you understand Cantonese gutter talk, is the other half.


Never ever, whether it be in Bangkok, Manila, or Taipei where traffic conditions are far worse, have I ever witnessed the verbal and physical abuse meted out by cab drivers than in Hong Kong.


EUGENE HOUGH Mid-Levels SO, the taxi operators/drivers have gotten away with it again.


In return for flouting the law at every opportunity, imposing hefty (and probably illegal) surcharges at the first signs of rain, hawking their services to the highest bidder and generally ripping off the public of Hong Kong, are they brought to book? Do they feel the full weight of the law? No! This is Hong Kong! They are rewarded with handsome fare increases! What next? In return for totally withdrawing their services (such as they are) and totally ignoring the law, maybe the Government could refund their licence fees or maybe give them a new car each year.


LESLIE R SHAW Hong Kong

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