Two views from veterans in the trade

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 December, 2008, 12:00am

Red taxis

Wong Tak-wah, an urban-taxi driver for more than 10 years, said: 'Most frontline taxi drivers do not support the new fare system that increases fares for short journeys and lowers fares for long journeys.

'We were never consulted. Only those who were members of those so-called taxi groups were consulted. But they are actually businessmen who own and rent out taxis. They do not face the problems that we are having now.

'The new fare system does us no good either. For example, the taxi fare used to be HK$250 for a trip from the airport to Tsim Sha Tsui, but now it's only HK$190. We lose money on every long journey.

'The government does not seem to understand that we do not offer discounts to passengers because we spend lots of time queuing up at the airport to wait for passengers. The waiting time is my cost.

'We just want the government to withdraw the new fare system so that we all can find room to survive. It is not fair to take money out of our pockets to fight those who offer discounts.'