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Old Jan 24, 19, 11:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Gongzuokuang View Post
Hong Kong taxi drivers are becoming more obnoxious than normal.

On my last visit (around Christmas / New Years), I found two growing trends.

1) Drivers refusing to accept a fare.
2) Drivers refusing to use the meter.

For example, we were near the TST MTR station and wanted a ride to Knutsford Terrace. We must've had at least 7 taxis IN A ROW refuse to drive us there. In some cases they would pretend not to know where it is. So I produced a map showing it. They would still refuse. So I picked other destinations that were near, such as the Mira Place hotel. They would still refuse, generally without explanation; just a shake of the head and a dismissive wave of the hand.

And often at night, they would not let you into the cab until you told them your destination. They'd then say, $200 (instead of using the meter).

As I understand it, both of these are illegal.

I'm told you can report them. Is it worth the effort? Or does the licensing board just look the other way? Do you need their driver tag, or is the car tag enough?

As long as people tolerate this, it will continue to happen.
that's why there is uber. screw taxis. its not illegal to be an uber customer, just the driver if the legal system can prove them taking a fare (uber does, not the driver)... or driving without an insurance policy (uber the company has)

if you cant avoid taxis, just hop on and tell them your destination, otherwise go to a police station. reporting them after the incident is a waste of time even if you have their name and license plate.

Last edited by kaka; Jan 24, 19 at 11:44 pm
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