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Public Transport in Hong Kong

MTR to extend popular second-trip fare concession beyond June

MTR Corporation's commercial director Jeny Yeung said passengers would continue to get a 10 per cent discount when they took a second trip on the same day, after the first phase of the scheme ends next month.

Friday, 10 May, 2013, 4:46am

Selfish car owners should be taught a costly lesson

We can't ban them, but nothing says we can't hit them hard. So why aren't we doing it? We have a gutless government. Tiny, overcrowded and polluted Hong Kong now has more than 500,000 private cars clogging our narrow streets.

That's outrageous when we have one of the world's best transport systems. Nobody needs a car here. Hongkongers own cars just for the sake of it.

8 May 2013 - 5:13am 9 comments

Police tired of Kowloon taxis clogging up Central streets

Police have criticised drivers of Kowloon taxis for invading Central entertainment districts and causing traffic jams.

The phenomenon has also led to an increase in arguments with customers as the drivers turn away those not going to Kowloon, forcing police to intervene.

11 Nov 2012 - 5:10am 1 comment

Taxi operators given cash help to go electric

Four taxi operators will be subsidised by the government to import five electric cabs for a two-year trial this year.

The Environmental Protection Department said it had approved a total of HK$11 million to be spent on five electric taxis and two electric buses. The money will come from the HK$300 million Green Transport Fund set up last year.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Taxi passengers face HK$2 rise in flag-fall fee

The transport bureau has proposed a HK$2 rise in the flag fall of urban taxis to cover higher operating costs, less than a year after the last increase came into effect.

The Transport and Housing Bureau has also suggested a HK$2.50 flag-fall rise for taxis in the New Territories and HK$2 for Lantau.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

City taxi groups call for fare rises

Fifteen urban taxi groups have applied for fare rises, citing rising fuel and maintenance costs - just nine months after the last increase.

A coalition group comprising taxi firms, owners and drivers proposed a HK$2 rise to the flag-fall price of HK$20, which covers the first 2 kilometres of a journey.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Travellers vote HK taxis third best in world

Hong Kong taxis are the third best in the world, behind London and New York, a poll of tourists by a hotel agency has found.

The survey by Hotels.com, for which nearly 5,000 travellers in 23 countries were interviewed, found 28 per cent liked London taxis the best. New York cabs won 9 per cent of votes, followed by Hong Kong with 7 per cent.

25 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Wheels of fortune and freedom

Doris Leung found it so difficult to travel around Hong Kong with her wheelchair-bound mother that she decided to take matters into her own hands. Out of sheer frustration, she set up her own taxi company, Diamond Cab (HK), and now has a fleet of five wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

2 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Letters

The answer to illegal structures

There is something unsatisfactory about the new-found zeal with which the government intends to compel owners of buildings with illegal structures to dismantle them ('Amnesty for illegal structures ruled out', June 23). For years there has been nothing secret about these structures: they have gone up in abundance and in full public view.

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Taxi fuel surcharge idea rejected

The government has refused to introduce a more flexible fuel surcharge as an alternative to a fixed taxi flag-fall fare rise of HK$2.

Operators of urban, New Territories and Lantau taxis applied for the increase in September because of a rise in operating costs, principally fuel and insurance.

18 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Letters

HK taxi drivers should polish basic skills

I refer to the letter by Rick Weil ('Time to hail our cabbies', April 9). I was glad to read that Mr Weil had good experiences when it came to Hong Kong taxi drivers. When you compare them with countries in South Asia, I agree with him.

17 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Spate of breakdowns affected third of new taxis

A spate of breakdowns last year affected more than a third of Hong Kong's new four-seater taxis, as well as the older five-seaters.

But problems with the new vehicles were not included in a government review of the breakdowns because officials believed their problem was different from that of the older vehicles.

2 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

The taxi financing rip-off that is taking us all for a ride

The 50 HK cents in cab fare change most taxi drivers routinely keep without asking can add up - to millions.

SCMP, March 27

Millions, was it? Well, save your tears. I can think of another rip-off in the taxi business and this one can be tallied in the billions.

1 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Cabbies' pockets heavier with 50-cent change

The 50 HK cents in cab fare change most taxi drivers routinely keep without asking can add up - to millions.

HK$2.28 million, in fact. That is the total in automatic tips that drivers of the 15,250 red urban taxis in Hong Kong are estimated to have retained since a new fare structure was introduced in December 2008.

27 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Cab drivers and owners split over fare rise plan

Some taxi owners are planning to propose a HK$2 increase in the fare flag-fall again - a little more than a year after the government approved a rise on short-haul journeys, but the proposal is unlikely to win support from drivers.

4 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

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