Yes, jgl is right - all those who are saying shoddy taxi's, shoddy drivers are because of the fares are completely wrong.
All the Government needs to do is to issue new taxi licenses to anyone who wants one, for a nominal price. Then, drivers wages would go up even as fare remained the same. It would also free up the market to new entrants. There is zero cost to the Government, they could do this tomorrow and it would improve the lives of both taxi drivers and customers.
Vested interests controlling Legco will ensure this never happens.
I think one of the reasons for the difference in service of Uber drivers and taxi drivers is accountability.
Uber drivers get directly rated by the passenger and get penalised if they offer bad service a number of times. Its impossible to have taxi drivers accountable if they refuse your trip, and does complaining about bad service to the numbers provided do anything?
I understand the rating system is not perfect and can be abused, but it certainly seems a reason for better service.
What do Uber ratings do? I just get who I get, I don’t have a chance to be selective based on rating.
Perhaps for Uber since the driver owns the car they have more invested so they offer better service?
A simple government test for sanity would weed out most of the worst offenders in the taxi trade as I have had some literally mentally deranged drivers.
That being said I have had some of the nicest taxi drivers too.
Part of the formula for deciding the rate of taxi fare increase is the the rent the drivers must pay the the rent seeking licence holders. So if sufficient licences were printed to meet demand the pay for drivers would increase and the cost of taxis to the consumer would come down
Last edited by East_coast; 27-05-2019 at 07:32 PM.