Cab driver Wai Siu-kee, 48, thinks that George W. Bush is a better president than John Kerry would have been. But he says Bill Clinton's handling of the economy was better. Ride from Sha Tin to Quarry Bay. Fare: $200 I knew that George W. Bush would win. But his performance as US president is just OK to me because he seems to be concerned only with attacking Iraq. I think Bill Clinton was better than him because Mr Bush's handling of the economy has been worse than Mr Clinton. I think Mr Bush winning the election is better for Hong Kong's economy because its external policy on China will be the same as before; I heard that the US ambassador said that. This would allow some stability. But I think Mr Bush is not as good as Mr Clinton. He attacked Iraq because he wanted to get some oil and control the prices. And that's why China and Hong Kong now have to pay more for oil. So I don't think Mr Bush is ideal. But I think his policies are OK. I didn't actually choose between Mr Bush and Mr Kerry as the election does not have a great impact on me. And I don't know them very well because we taxi drivers are not very interested in US politics. But for businessmen, I think they must be relieved that Mr Bush won. Had Mr Kerry won, they would have been unsure about what the Democrats would do. But they know what they are getting with the Republicans. That's why I think the US election has a greater impact on businessmen. Concerning the recent proposals to reduce the number of traffic accidents, I think there should be some way to solve the existing problem. I think it's appropriate for the insurance company to increase the third-party insurance premiums by more than 40 per cent [for minibus drivers], as this would remind the less-experienced drivers to be more careful on the roads. I think the existing demerit system is appropriate. Raising the penalty points for jumping red lights from three to eight points is too heavy. That means if you have eight points deducted twice, you'll have your licence suspended for three months. And you'll have your licence revoked if you have a suspension for a third time. It [Increasing the penalty points] is too harsh for professional drivers, especially us, as the accident [last month in North Point where two people died] was caused by minibus drivers. There should be better solutions to reduce the number of traffic accidents. Or the penalty points for jumping a red light should only be increased to four or five. Raising it to eight would make life very difficult for all drivers. If we have our licences suspended, we'll become jobless. Sometimes there are difficult situations on the road, like a double-decker blocking your view of the traffic lights or a pedestrian dashing out on to the road and not following the traffic rules. Sometimes we do not intend to jump a red light. Our reactions are relative to the situation on the road. If drivers do not intend to jump a red light, I think the penalty points should remain at three. I think the government should conduct an extensive consultation before rushing to any conclusion on the problem. Sarah Liao Sau-tung has done a great job as Hong Kong's secretary for the environment, transport and works. She allows a lot of flexibility and she cares about the details. She has helped solve many problems. Maybe because she is a woman, she is much more careful when she executes a policy. A feminine heart should be better. I think she is the best minister.