The number of taxi infractions reported by the Public Security Police Force (CPSP) in the first half of this year has dropped by almost 97 per cent year-on-year to only 85 cases.
The volume of registered taxi infractions has been on the downturn since new regulations were enforced last year, however, the considerable decrease in visitor numbers due to the Covid-19 pandemic could also be a factor in the numbers registered this year.
Stricter new taxi sector regulations were enacted on June 3, 2019, with one of the changes mandating that a taxi driver can see his license revoked if he commits more than four administrative infractions – such as overcharging, refusal to carry a passenger or not turning the vehicle’s taximeter – during a five year period.
The new regulations also imposed higher fines for different infractions, with fines as high as MOP15,000 (US$1,857) for overcharging or MOP3,000 for refusal of service.
Local taxis are also required to be equipped with global satellite navigation systems (GPS) tracking, plus sound and image recording equipment by the end of this year.
According to authorities, in the first six months of this year, the number of recorded overcharging infractions fell by 99 per cent year-on-year to only three cases, with cases of refusal of service falling 95.4 per cent to 26 with all other types of infractions falling 84.5 per cent year-on-year to 56.
Overall, the total number of traffic violations went down by 44 per cent in the first half of this year to some 250,804, with police authorities collected MOP56.6 million in fines, a 44 per cent fall from the same period last year.
The number of illegal parking cases also went down 45.8 per cent to 224,561, with the number of cars blocked for overparking in parking meter spots down by half to 4,862.