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Government approves Hong Kong taxi fare increases from December

Flag fall to rise HK$2, fare increments by 10c from December to cover rising costs, inflation

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 September, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 September, 2013, 10:05pm

Taxi passengers will pay HK$2 more on flag fall and an extra 10 cents every 200 metres from December after the government approved an application to raise fares yesterday.

Passengers using urban taxis will pay a flag fall charge of HK$22 and HK$1.60 every 200 metres under the new fare table. The new flag-fall charge for New Territories taxis will be HK$18.50, and for Lantau taxis HK$17. They will charge HK$1.40 every 200 metres after the first two kilometres.

A spokesman for the Transport and Housing Bureau said the government had taken into consideration changes in revenue and operating costs for taxi operators, public acceptability and fare differences between cabs and other transport in approving the application.

"Because of an increase in operating costs [for taxi drivers] since the last fare increase in July 2011, the increase in gross operating revenue of the vast majority of frontline drivers has been more than offset by a rise in operating costs and inflation," he said.

"And in view of the upward trend of inflation, the operating costs of the taxi trade should continue to rise in 2013 and 2014."

The spokesman said the average fare increase was between 7.11 and 9.04 per cent, lower than the forecast rise of 10 per cent since the last fare increase in July 2011.

"The government is mindful that the fare increase will bring extra transport expenses to passengers," he said.

Wong Wing-chung of the Northwest Area Taxi Drivers and Operators Association said he welcomed the approval, although it was "two years late".

In March last year, 15 urban taxi groups applied for fare rises but were turned down.

"The price level for everyday items has increased a lot in the past year. If we maintain the same fares, we can't support our families," Wong said.

He did not think the increase would cut passenger numbers.

"Every time we apply for an increase, people threaten us that no one will be taking a cab at that fare," he said. "But taxis are not buses; they're, for people who need them and can afford them. History proves that a fare increase has little impact on passenger numbers."

But Lai Ming-hung of the Taxi and Public Light Bus Concern Group said he expected drivers would have 10 per cent fewer passengers at the beginning, cutting earnings by about HK$100 a day.

He added that HK$2 was not a large amount and should be affordable for the public.

Lai expressed the hope that taxi owners would not raise their rents immediately after the new fares took effect.

 

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brough
I wouldn't mind if the taxi drivers did not try to overcharge me to get home on a weeknight, by over $100 each time. They still will. This rule just exacerbates my problems with them.
ricky11
Top 5 reasons why people don't like cabbies, none of which (usually) have to do with fare increases.
1) We loose 0.50/cents each trip
2) No large scale support for Octopus
3) Taxi's are run-down often an uncomfortable drive
4) Rude Cabbies who often complain of traffic jams
5) Rear left Passenger seat is so close to the floor, you may as well be sitting on it
KwunTongBypass
This s u c k s. Speculators driving up the price for the Taxi licenses, probably all paid with cheap bank loans, the they go whining to the Government to increase the fares - and once interest rates go up, we will be faced with even more increases. Taxi owners rising the rents now will prove my points. Typical Hong Kong Government sanctioned R O B B E R Y!
lexishk
My dear old friend! There are far, far bigger HK govt sanctioned robberies taking place than this. I'd be a lot more worried about property development, for instance. Taxis are cheap as chips in HK and the fare increase is negligible. Try taking a cab in any other modern and experience the horror of paying ten times the price!
 
 
 
 
 

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