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TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Over 200 Hong Kong cabbies urge government to scrap new franchised scheme

Hong Kong is planning to allow additional 600 taxis to charge 50% more.

According to a report from South China Morning Post, more than 200 taxis descended on the Legislative Council and surrounding areas demanding the government scrap a proposal for franchised taxis, which they say could cripple the industry.

The government’s plan seeks to allow an additional 600 franchised taxis to charge up to 50% more in fares by providing upgraded services.

Anti-Taxi Franchises Concern Group spokesman Mark Fu Chuen-fu stressed that the creation of an additional 600 franchised taxis would do nothing to resolve public discontent over poor cab service standards, such as bad manners, refusing hires and cherry-picking passengers.

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