Green-taxi drivers who backed the new fare plan said they were disappointed it would not be implemented before the Christmas holiday. Wan Hing-choy, chairman of the Association of N.T. Radio Taxicabs, said implementing the plan before the Lunar New year was not good enough. 'There are a lot of travellers going in and out of Hong Kong at Christmas time. We will stand to lose a lot of business to red taxis,' he said. But Transport Minister Eva Cheng said the plan had been submitted to the Executive Council for discussion at the first opportunity. A government source said the matter was on the council's agenda for January 13. It was not clear why the topic would not be discussed on December 30 but it takes time for subsidiary legislation to be gazetted and January 1 is a public holiday. A member of the Transport Advisory Committee said it would meet next week and there should not be any problem endorsing the plan as it is structurally similar to that for urban taxis. Ms Cheng said 90 per cent of green cabbies' business would not be affected by the delay as they were short and middle-haul trips that were still cheaper than urban taxis.