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- Hong Kong’s taxi fares are about to rise by approximately 10%, or 2 HKD for the beginning of the trip and 0.1 HKD for each additional 200 meters. The change will take effect on December 8. Getting the price right for taxis is almost impossible. If it is a little bit too high then passengers switch to other forms of transportation, leaving taxi drivers on the side of the street, unoccupied, jamming the roads and polluting the air. If the price is too low then not enough taxis are available, people have to wait for a taxi and can no longer rely on them… The other variable that changes is the price of the licenses, though that can go either way. Higher prices could mean higher revenues per ride, but that could be offset by fewer rides per day. It remains unclear why this market is still stuck in Stalinist times. In today’s world it would be easily possible to use technology to call a taxi. You set your start and end point, push your request to a platform and allow various taxi drivers compete for it. You will get back several suggestions differing in departure time, travel time, vehicle type and price, could chose according to your preferences and enjoy the price chilling effect of competition and innovation.