When in a Hong Kong taxi: keep calm and watch the road
I share the feelings of your correspondent Beth Narain, and her seemingly harsh but factual remarks about Hong Kong’s taxi drivers (“Rude, reckless Hong Kong taxi drivers: will they ever be brought to book?” May 23).
Our taxi drivers are the least self-disciplined, and cynical to boot, as anyone who starts a conversation with some of them would know. Finding two or three mobile phones, at the least, lined up on the dashboard is normal. Many a time, I have been left confused about whether they were talking to me, or to a counterpart on the other end of the earpiece.
In one of my more thrilling encounters, I found them talking about the stock market rally, with the driver flying into a rage and seemingly out of control. I feared for my safety, expecting an accident to occur at any time, so much so that I leaned forward and waved my hands in front of his face to make him stop the vehicle, heaving a sigh of relief when he finally did.
From this incident, I learnt that taxi passengers must take the lead and stop the driver if they feel their safety is at risk. We passengers have to take charge of the situation, don’t leave it to the driver.
Edmond Pang, Fanling