Green-taxi drivers 'losing out'

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 01 December, 2008, 12:00am

Drivers of green taxis complained of losing long-journey customers going to the New Territories, as a new fare system was implemented for red cabs and Lantau Island taxis yesterday.

The chairman of the Taxi and Public Light Bus Concern Group, Lai Ming-hung, said green-taxi drivers failed to get customers even after waiting for more than seven hours at the airport's taxi station.

Under the new system, starting fares for red taxis have risen by HK$2 to HK$18, and trips less than 9km cost HK$1.50 per 200 metres, up from HK$1.40.

However, passengers with fares of HK$84.60 and higher will enjoy discounts because after 9km fares will only be HK$1 for every 200 metres, down from HK$1.40.

'The new fare system makes it cheaper for customers to take red taxis for long trips, even when they travel to places in the New Territories, because the new fare scheme does not apply to green taxis .... red taxis can go anywhere while green taxis cannot,' Mr Lai said.

'For example, a trip from the airport to Yuen Long costs about HK$300 in a green taxi but only HK$280 in a red taxi.'

Mr Lai said the Transport Department had arranged a special meeting at 11am today at its offices in Wan Chai to discuss the problem.

'Some drivers have threatened to protest so the department agreed to have a meeting with them to discuss problems,' he said.


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