Cramming five passengers into a taxi will become a thing of the past if a new proposal is accepted. The move came at a Legco subcommittee meeting on the Road Traffic (Safety Equipment Amendment) regulation, under which the requirement for front-seat taxi passengers to wear seat belts will be extended to the rear. Legislator Miriam Lau Kin-yee said taxi drivers wanted to reduce the maximum number of passengers so there would only be one passenger sitting next to the driver and three in the back. Ms Lau said drivers found it difficult to drive properly with two passengers next to them. 'It is not easy for them to change gear.' Ms Lau, who held a meeting with representatives from about 10 transport groups, urged the Government to consider reducing the maximum to four. She said some representatives had pointed out children's safety had not been fully considered. She and Cyd Ho Sau-lan, of The Frontier, suggested the Government require all passengers, including children, to wear seat belts. Under current regulations, three children whose height is under 1.3 metres can be counted as two passengers. They are not required to wear seat belts in the back and can sit on the lap of an adult. Meanwhile, the Government proposed that all commercial vehicles, including petrol and liquefied petroleum gas vehicles, would be subject to an annual roadworthiness inspection after six years on the road. The Government would adopt the European Commission's emission standards.