City taxis increasing to 1,500

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The number of taxis in the city will increase to 1,500 by the end of this year and, by next year, it will increase further to 1,600, the director of the Transport Bureau (DSAT), Lam Hin San, replied to legislator Chan Meng Kam’s written enquiry. More taxis will meet the demands of the city, he explained.
As of the end of March, there were about 1,300 taxis in Macau. Mr. Chan asked the legislator whether the current number of taxis is enough to meet the strong demands of tourists and local residents in the city.
An amount of 1,500 to 1,700 taxis is considered to be a “reasonable number of taxis in the city”, replied Mr. Lam, saying the figures are based on research done regarding the situation and operating conditions of Macau.
Research into the feasibility of introducing an intelligent management system for taxis is still ongoing, Mr. Lam said. A new management system for dispatching taxis will be introduced to optimize the overall quality of taxi services in Macau, he revealed.
A total of 229 cases were filed against taxi drivers overcharging and rejecting passengers, accounting for 75.8 per cent of the total prosecution cases filed, according to official data released by the Public Security Police (CPSP) yesterday. And a total of 91 illegal taxi driver cases were filed last month, an increase of 1.6 per cent from the previous month, according to the latest data from CPSP.