Taxi drivers

Audit chiefs urge mandatory training courses for taxi drivers

Audit chiefs urge mandatory training courses for taxi drivers

Audit chiefs have called for compulsory training courses for taxi drivers after it emerged that cabbies on average commit speeding offences 51 times more often than bus drivers and eight times more often than minibus drivers.

Thursday, 18 April, 2013, 4:39am 3 comments

Hong Kong taxi drivers push for fare increase as costs rise

Taxi unions say inflation has made it harder for drivers to make ends meet. Photo: May Tse

Urban taxis are seeking a HK$2 flag-fall fare increase, as they say inflation has made it harder for them to make ends meet.

They are also hoping to increase the fare by 10 cents for every extra 200 metres. The taxi unions will meet the Transport Department this month to discuss the proposed rise.

11 Jan 2013 - 7:38am 11 comments

Briefs, December 9, 2012

Two men were arrested after a brawl over a receipt in a Cheung Sha Wan restaurant.

9 Dec 2012 - 3:59am

Singapore cabbie returns lost bag with HK$6.9m in cash

Singaporean taxi driver Sia Ka Tian. Photo: AFP

A Singaporean taxi driver has been heralded as a hero after he returned S$1.1 million (HK$6.96 million) in cash to a vacationing Thai couple who left the money in his cab.

Sia Ka Tian, 70, was shocked to find the money in a black paper bag on the back seat on Monday after he dropped the couple off at a shopping centre.

21 Nov 2012 - 2:59am

Taxi drivers dodge snipers in battle to survive in Syria's civil war

A rebel sniper aims at a Syrian army position in the Jedida district of Aleppot. Photo: AP

Taxi driver Abu Mohammed cheated death when a sniper opened fire. The bullet whistled past his right temple.

Instead of him, it hit his female customer on the back seat of his yellow cab.

Like scores of drivers in Aleppo, Mohammed risks his life every day to ferry passengers across the front lines of Syria's vicious civil war, battling to stay alive and feed their families.

2 Nov 2012 - 5:03am