Summary: Antonio Da Roza, Jessica Hefes

Originally reported: South China Morning Post

Date: 6/2/10

Originally: 30/5/09

The fight on idling engines [1]

A taxi driver was fined HK$1,200 for behaving other than in a civil and orderly manner after having an argument with a passenger who had gotten out of his taxi complaining it was too stuffy. The taxi driver had parked and switched off his engine and the air conditioning. It is unclear if the meter had already started, but the police advised the taxi driver to take it up with the small claims tribunal. The taxi sector has unanimously disapproved of idling engines measures in Hong Kong, and the incident has increased opposition, as representatives claim the proposal has already caused confusion. Lawmaker Andrew Cheng Kar-foo argued that the lack of legislation on the matter caused confusion.


  1. Client Saw Red As Cabbie Tried To Be Green – Taxi Sector To Fight Idling-engine Ban After Driver Fined For Row, SCMP, 30/05/09