How the fare-cut proposal developed: May 19: The Association of New Territories Radio Taxicabs, on behalf of 10 taxi groups, applies to the Transport Department for a fare cut of up to 25 per cent in an attempt to attract more passengers. The Transport Department says it will speed up processing the application. Meanwhile, 26 urban taxi groups meet transport officials for the second time over a planned fare-cut of up to 30 per cent. The officials agree to do a survey. May 23: The Transport Advisory Committee, which advises the chief executive and the Executive Council, backs the proposed NT taxi fare cuts. This also means Exco's approval is all but guaranteed. But their urban counterparts remain divided. May 29: The Legislative Council's transport panel discusses the proposal. Lawmakers ask the Transport Department to conduct a comprehensive survey because they say many taxi drivers disagree with the concessionary fares. June 2: Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung refuses lawmakers' demands to conduct another survey, saying 10 major taxi associations have already agreed to the fare cut. June 3: Exco approves the New Territories' fare-cut proposal, prompting criticism from taxi drivers who accuse the government of failing to consult them. The government decides to implement the fare cut after posting a notice in the government gazette, bypassing Legco's normal vetting period of 28 days. Under the six-month concession, the flag-fall stays at $12.50. The next seven turns of the meter will cost the usual $1.20 each and the concession then kicks in with subsequent jumps of 90 cents. June 6: More than 400 New Territories taxis and 1,000 drivers join a rally at a parking lot outside the Sha Tin racecourse to protest against the scheme. June 7: Ms Liao promises to review the fare cut after one month. Drivers' representatives call off a 100-plus taxi vehicle protest at Sha Tin racecourse. June 8: The taxi fare cut, the first in Hong Kong, takes effect.