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Taxi driver leaders oppose fares rise

Three taxi driver groups, representing 7,000 drivers, are opposing a proposed HK$2 rise in flag fall because it will only help taxi owners, but not commuters and drivers, they say.

Thursday, 24 May, 2012, 12:00am

Briefs

Officials foil lobster smuggling operation

6 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

More taking their seats on city's green minibuses

While bus companies are claiming fewer passengers, more are using some minibuses.

The first six months of the year have brought good business for green minibuses. These vehicles, which are regulated by the government, made more than 273,000 passenger journeys - almost 10,000 more than in the same period last year.

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Drive to go plastic in taxis speeds up

Passengers will be able to pay taxi fares by Visa or Octopus card in some of the city's 18,000 cabs within a few months - but some taxi unions are lukewarm about the idea.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Taxi fare rise unavoidable

The flag fall for taxis has risen by HK$2. Some cabbies are happy about the increase, but others are worried it will drive away passengers.

However, I can't see anything wrong with it. There is inflation in every area of life. The fare increase was inevitable. An increase of HK$2 is not going to stop people who can afford to take a taxi from doing so.

14 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Government should put GPS systems in all Hong Kong taxis

I have been living in Hong Kong for 11 years and I have found that you are lucky to get a taxi driver who is more than 10 per cent competent in English.

It is amazing how taxi drivers insist on correct Cantonese pronunciation before they will understand your address instructions. Then you have to make the correct pronunciation five times.

7 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

'Most taxi drivers' want flag-fall rise

Most taxi drivers support an increase in the flag-fall price by HK$2 to HK$20, according to a taxi owner group member. That comes only a little more than a year after the government approved a rise in short-haul journey prices.

16 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Protesting taxi drivers' sentences suspended

Ten taxi drivers who blocked access roads at the airport to protest against a new fare system rejoiced yesterday as an appeal judge converted their jail terms into suspended sentences.

The drivers, aged 40 to 60, had been ordered by Tsuen Wan Court to serve jail terms of seven weeks to two months after they pleaded guilty to causing a public nuisance.

18 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

CityChat

The government plans to install speed limiters on all minibuses after a string of fatal accidents, including one in which a minibus ran into the back of a truck travelling in the same direction between Yuen Long and Tuen Mun on July 25, resulting in the deaths of four people.

24 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Cab Chat

Paul Leung fears business in this economic downtown will be worse than during the Sars crisis, because people still had money to spend during Sars

5 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Cab Chat

Lam Ka-chun, 50, feels the government was wrong not to send charter flights to Thailand to help stranded holidaymakers until someone died

8 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Cab Chat

The slaughter of chickens because of bird flu saddens Wong Cho-kwong, 40, but he can't see any other way to protect the city

I feel sorry about the slaughter of chickens but I don't think we can blame the government for doing that. If they carry the deadly H5N1 disease we have to do all we can to get rid of them, and it seems killing them all is the safest way to do so.

16 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Battle lines drawn in idling engines row

Government to go ahead with controversial bid to force drivers to switch off vehicles

The government has confirmed it will push ahead with a ban on idling engines and says most of the 1,500 submissions received from the public in a five-month consultation supported the idea.

27 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Taxis may clog Central over delay in fuel charge

Taxi drivers have threatened protests that could clog the traffic in Central during rush hour if the government fails to approve their application for a HK$1 fuel charge per trip by the end of this month.

3 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

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