17 taxi groups, together with Legislative Council member Yi Chi-ming of the shipping and traffic sector, petitioned outside the Central Government Offices, dissatisfied with the introduction of the demerit points system for taxi drivers, and strongly demanded that the government immediately stop the operation of white-plate car platforms in Hong Kong to protect the rights and interests of the taxi industry, and the group said that it planned to strike for 22 hours during non-peak hours next Wednesday (3nd) to protest against the white-licensed car platform Uber.
Taxi group says white-plate platform creates "unequal competition"
The Radio Taxi Association of Hong Kong today (15th) went to the Central Government Offices, together with the Taxi Dealers Association, the Association for the Promotion of Taxi Development and other groups to demonstrate, saying that white-plate car platforms have aroused strong concern and dissatisfaction in the industry, describing white-plate car platform operators as not subject to the supervision of the traditional taxi industry and do not need to comply with government regulations and requirements, which is "unequal competition", and the industry strongly urges the government to immediately stop the operation of white-plate car platforms in Hong Kong to protect the rights and interests of the taxi industry.
The group demanded that civil servants stop illegally riding in white-plate cars
The taxi group also accused some civil servants of illegally riding in illegal white-plate vehicles, saying that it not only violated the law, but also brought unfair competition to the taxi industry, and demanded that government civil servants stop illegally riding in illegal white-plate vehicles. They also said that the Government's plan to introduce a demerit points system for taxi drivers has a direct impact on the work and income of taxi drivers, saying that drivers need to cope with the complex traffic environment and passenger demand, and often work long hours, and it is inevitable that they will encounter some traffic violations, which does not mean that they are unqualified drivers, and criticized the demerit points system as unfair and unreasonable.
A three-hour strike is planned for next Wednesday during non-peak hours
The group hoped to meet with the Chief Secretary for Administration and the Transport and Logistics Department to further explain the plight faced by the industry, saying that if there is no response from the Government, 17 taxi groups will strike for three hours during non-peak hours next Wednesday to express the industry's dissatisfaction with white-plate vehicles.
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