Green taxis may be able to raise fares on short and mid-distance journeys before the Lunar New Year, after the transport chief pledged yesterday to process assessment of the proposal quickly to ensure drivers did not miss out on the festival's opportunities. But introducing the fare adjustment - which would slash long-haul fares by up to 20 per cent, and which has already been introduced for red taxis - will not end the strife the taxi sector has seen in recent weeks. One of the green cabbies who started last week's citywide road blockade, Chan Yat-wun, warned of more action if the plan was passed. Mr Chan and his colleagues, who said they represented most of the city's 6,000 green cabbies, are in a stand-off with the 16 green taxi associations, which expressed their support for the plan to the Transport Department yesterday. Transport Commissioner Alan Wong Chi-kong said after the meeting with the 16 groups that different opinions were unavoidable. 'Of course there would be individuals - those who don't belong to any group - who have different opinions, but after all we have a system, and the minority should listen to the majority,' he said. Mr Chan and his group did not attend yesterday's meeting. They also failed to attend another meeting the department specifically arrange for them later in the day. Meanwhile, the government lobbied all 60 lawmakers on the new fare model so it could begin on the date the relevant subsidiary legislation was gazetted for negative vetting, which means it is automatically passed if there are no objections. Normally lawmakers are allowed 28 days to propose amendments or even repeal a law gazetted for negative vetting, but if legislators have no plan to propose amendments, the waiting period could be cancelled so the law could be executed earlier. Sources said Liberal Party and Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong lawmakers had no problem with the plan, while the Civic Party and Democratic Party were still discussing it. Legco's transport panel will decide its stance on the plan after meeting the opponent group and the 16 taxi associations tomorrow. Mr Chan of the opponent group said they had collected opinions from 300 cabbies since Monday, 90 per cent of whom opposed the plan. Many were members of the 16 associations and their voices were being ignored by their leaders, he said.