A group of New Territories taxi associations has urged the government to set up two fixed-price services from the airport to Sheung Shui and Lok Ma Chau to help boost business for the green taxis. In a meeting with Transport Department officials yesterday, representatives from the New Territories taxi trade proposed point-to-point fixed-fare services. More than a dozen New Territories taxi associations attended the meeting, with about two-thirds supporting the point-to-point service proposal and the rest opposing it. Wong Yu-ting, chairman of the Hong Kong Tele-call Taxi Association, which tabled the proposal, said fixed-price services would tempt more tourists to use taxis because they would be assured of paying the stated amount without risk of being cheated. 'We have to give tourists and passengers a clearer message as to how much they have to pay for their ride,' he said. It costs about $260 from the airport to Lok Ma Chau and about $320 from Chek Lap Kok to Sheung Shui. Mr Wong said a fixed price would set the fares lower. Opponents of the proposal said having fixed fares would be like dumping the metering system. They demanded the government consult the trade and passengers before making such a move. Tang Kwong-tong, chairman of the New Territories Taxi Drivers Association, which represents about 200 drivers, opposed the proposal and warned that the association would encourage bargaining on other routes and create disputes. A Transport Department spokesman said that since there was no industry consensus, the department would wait for other proposals before making a decision. Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung first floated the idea of point-to-point taxi fares last September in meetings with the taxi trade. She was considering setting fixed fares on long-distance routes. But the point-to-point proposal has met strong opposition from urban taxi operators and drivers in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, with all 27 urban groups against it, according to Kwok Chi-piu, chairman of the Urban Taxi Drivers Association Joint Committee. The only franchised bus company that operates a route from the airport to northern New Territories is Kowloon Motor Bus. It runs the A43 route from the airport to Fanling via Sheung Shui for $28 per person. A KMB spokesman declined to comment on the taxi proposal, but said its service was competitive and was almost like point-to-point service with very few stops in between. An MTR spokeswoman said a taxi service would not affect the Airport Express because the train served urban passengers. A KCRC spokesman said the rail operator would wait for developments on the proposal before estimating what the effect would be on its services.