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  • Sep 21, 2014
  • Updated: 5:53am


Greedy Shanghai taxi drivers show the 'evil' side of new technology

Google once had an informal corporate motto - "Don't be evil" - a sentiment often shared by many other technology firms around the world. Technology itself can't be evil if we see it purely from a scientific perspective, but how we make use of it can be a very different story.

Monday, 3 March, 2014, 12:07pm 9 comments

Hong Kong could eliminate cab complaints with Octopus

Cheating cabbies are a hazard of big cities, preying on tourists and people without local knowledge. They may be a minority but they do nothing for a city's reputation. An encounter with them also leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

24 May 2013 - 5:21am 2 comments

BYD shares rise as electric taxis hit Hong Kong roads

BYD shares rose as much as 6.3 per cent to HK$35.35 before closing 3.46 per cent ahead at HK$34.40. The stock has gained 48 per cent so far this year.

21 May 2013 - 9:04am

Don't kid yourself that electric taxis are green

Encouraged by the prospect of generous subsidies from the government's HK$300 million "green transport fund", the Hong Kong Taxi & Public Light Bus Association is leasing 45 battery-powered "e6" vehicles from Shenzhen-based manufacturer BYD.

21 May 2013 - 9:04am 15 comments

A proven way to cut road deaths

Value-for-money reports by the Audit Commission measure the performance of government departments and public bodies against objectives. This can help prompt action by officials to meet public expectations. The latest report raises questions about road safety - in particular speeding and drink-driving. It found that taxi drivers on average commit speeding offences 51 times more often than bus drivers and eight times more often than minibus drivers.

22 Apr 2013 - 1:58am

Beijing promises to solve its taxi problem with fare increase

Beijing's municipal traffic regulator has announced a series of reforms over the next two years aimed at ending the increasing scarcity of taxis in the capital.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Grabbing a cab can put you on a road to ruin

Hong Kong may have one of the cheapest transport systems of any major, developed-world metropolis, but the temptation of another quick cab ride always beckons - and, added up, it can eat away at your bank account.

15 Apr 2013 - 3:11am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, April 12, 2013

I welcome the promising seven-year clean-air plan released by the government, especially the proposal for low-emission zones for franchised buses. However, the range should be expanded to private cars too.

12 Apr 2013 - 3:12am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, March 19, 2013

I am writing as a concerned citizen of Hong Kong, on the issue of the banners that have been proliferating around this city in recent times.

19 Mar 2013 - 5:20am 3 comments

Shanghai accident raises safety concerns over TV screens in taxis

Shanghai residents urged the city to investigate the dangers of  television screens in taxis after two passengers were injured in an car accident on Tuesday.

15 Mar 2013 - 4:06pm 1 comment