Nightmare taxi battle

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 October, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 October, 1994, 12:00am

RUSH hour is the time of day when patience is low and tempers are high. People waiting for cabs are shoving and pushing to form indiscernible taxi lines.

This is the scenario that happens every day during the rush hour on Kai Chiu Road in Causeway Bay. Several weeks ago I witnessed a middle aged woman with her baby and bags of grocery being brutally pushed aside by two younger men, all for the sake of getting to a cab first. Only a week later, I was caught in a crossfire between two grown men arguing and swearing at each other over who hailed the cab first. The passengers are not the only people who lose control of the situation. Cab drivers lose their tempers because of constant irritation from not only the fighting passengers, but also from the congestion on the road.

As a result, the driver may give a few derogatory remarks, and refuse the hire of either passenger.

How people can tolerate this day after day is beyond me. I believe, however, that there are people out there who are willing to take a stand and make life less barbaric by forming an organised queue and waiting their turn, or better yet, propose to the Transport Department that it set up a taxi rank in that area. This issue may not matter to some readers, but for people like me who have to wait for a cab there every day (sometimes for over an hour), it would be comforting to know that someone understands my situation and is willing to help.