After the 2nd price increase in a year, I can say that taxis in HK are becoming too expensive. And after getting hijacked on more than 1 occasion since the price revision, I've decided that I will try to cut down on taxi rides from 2009.
Not sure if any of you out there realise that it is easier to flag a taxi down these days. Business seems to have taken a hit for taxi dudes since the price amendment. Why wouldn't it... a HKD30+ ride to office weeks ago has turned into a nearly HKD50 ride recently. And they are purposely making schoolboy mistakes, taking me on longer routes or into heavily congested region even when I have informed them of the route to take (and which they acknowledged! Now that's infuriating!). And just last night I was on a taxi with a driver who stank. It was as if he had been staying in the car for weeks and have not taken a shower...
Any sympathy for the taxi drivers? Nope. Not at all. Green, red or blue taxis. I don't care. I will continue to call the uncle with the discount taxi when I need to go to the airport. At least he give better services.
And the free economy of HK allowed petrol stations to keep the price of petroleum at its peak. You mean HK petrol stations are still paying the same USD150/barrel price to their sources?
Cutting bus rebates, increasing taxi fares for short rides, high petrol prices... Oh well... life just gets tougher... and the chickens must get the dreaded H5N1 now.