Demise of taxi drivers?
The recent huge increase in taxi fares could lead to a major restructuring of the trade. For the moment the hike may seem to be a non event with many celebrating their holidays and fresh with cash from their year end bonuses. Once the festivities are over, another round during Chinese New Year, the spending will be over. People will come to their senses and the last splurge of a sort during the festivities will be passe. Is it really affordable to spend $30 to $50 for a one way trip and a return trip doubling that amount? Anyone who can afford that will switch to private cars. Why spend so much when the difference between car ownership and taking taxi is no longer meaningful? When that thought sinks in, many taxi drivers will be crying for help. The current demand is likely to be their last bonus.